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19 August 1943 (USA) See more »
IT'S SCREWY...And So Funny! IT'S RIOTOUS...And Romantic! (1950 reissue poster) See more »
A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jean Arthur ... Molly J. Truesdale

John Wayne ... Duke Hudkins

Charles Winninger ... Waco

Phil Silvers ... Smiley Lambert
Mary Field ... Florrie Bendix

Don Costello ... Drunk
John Philliber ... Storekeeper

Grady Sutton ... Malcolm Scott
Jean Stevens ... 'Jitterbug' (as Peggy Carroll)

Grant Withers ... Bob Hastings

Hans Conried ... Gregg Stone
Ariel Heath ... Flossie
Sugar Geise ... Linda Belle
Joan Blair ... Lilly
Tom Fadden ... Mullen

Eddy Waller ... Bus Station Attendant (as Ed Waller)

Nina Quartero ... Carmencita
Alex Melesh ... Bartender #1

Cy Kendall ... Gambling House Boss
Paul Scott ... Bartender #2
Charles D. Brown ... Dr. G.W. Humboldt
Billy Lenhart ... Butch (as Butch and Buddy)
Kenneth Brown ... Buddy (as Butch and Buddy)
The Three Peppers ... Speciality Act
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Polly Bailey ... Beggar Woman (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Gambler (uncredited)

Benny Bartlett ... Henry (uncredited)

Hank Bell ... Mustached Gold City Cowboy (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Gambler (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Barfly (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Burns ... Team Driver (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Slim (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

J.W. Cody ... Indian Bellhop (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Al (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Gambler (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Gambler (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Eddie Dew ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Bert Dillard ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... Butler (uncredited)
George Ford ... Wealthy Young Man (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Gambler (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Barfly (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

Dorothy Granger ... Hot Dog Girl (uncredited)

Ralf Harolde ... Croupier (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Gambler (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Gambler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Gambler (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Barfly (uncredited)

Robert McKenzie ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Dorcas McKim ... Mother (uncredited)

Charles Meakin ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Frank Melton ... Otto (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)

Patsy Moran ... Counter Girl (uncredited)

Horace Murphy ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Jack O'Shea ... Gambler (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Henchman (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Greek (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mysty Shot ... Sammy - Horse (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Henry (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)

Jo Swerling (story)

Garson Kanin  uncredited (unconfirmed)

Produced by
Dick Ross .... associate producer (as Richard Ross)
Frank Ross .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Frank Redman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Theron Warth 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields  (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... second assistant director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roy Meadows .... recording director
James G. Stewart .... re-recording mixer (as James Stewart)
Terry Kellum .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
George DeNormand .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunt double (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Cowboy and the Girl" - USA (reissue title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9088) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
On the other side of Brokeback Mountain, 21 March 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Jean Arthur meets cowboy John Wayne in the 1943 comedy, "A Lady Takes a Chance." Arthur is Molly, a woman with plenty of suitors, though none is a prize, who takes a cross-country bus tour - conducted by Phil Silvers. While watching a rodeo, one of the riders falls on top of her. Turns out it's a fella named Duke (John Wayne). You can just see those pathetic guys at home flash before her eyes as she pulls Wayne toward her for a closer look. She misses her bus.

Given the current talk and late-night comic jokes about "Brokeback Mountain," this movie is extra fun. Wayne has no intention of marrying, though he loves to play the field, and accuses his rodeo partner Waco (Charles Winninger) of acting like "a wife." When Waco advises Molly to go back where she came from and forget about Duke, he sounds like a wife trying to get rid of a mistress, though he really wants to keep her from being hurt. But though Duke does a lot of flirting, Molly learns during a night in the desert that her big competition is Sammy, Duke's horse.

Jean Arthur is slightly miscast as Molly, though she was too wonderful an actress to ever come off as totally miscast. Someone like Betty Grable would have been more of a natural for the role than 40+ Arthur, but then, Arthur's talent helps her make the part her own and interesting besides. Her best scene is in the bar when she drinks cactus milk - hilarious. 27 years after his death, John Wayne is still considered one of the top 10 most popular stars, and with good reason. Tall, handsome, and rugged with a boyish smile, you can see why he'd make Arthur's heart go aflutter. He's usually not listed among favorite matinée idols because he made so many westerns, but make no mistake, Wayne was a hunk in his heyday.

This isn't your 21st century cowboy movie, but it makes for entertaining viewing just the same.

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