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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors:

H.C. Potter (as H. C. Potter), Stuart Heisler (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Stretch
Merle Oberon ... Mary Smith
Patsy Kelly ... Katie Callahan
Walter Brennan ... Sugar
Fuzzy Knight ... Buzz
Mabel Todd ... Elly
Henry Kolker ... Horace Smith
Harry Davenport ... Uncle Hannibal Smith
Emma Dunn ... Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Ames
Berton Churchill ... Henderson
Charles Richman ... Dillon
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Captain
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Storyline

Poor Mary Smith can't go night-clubbing or have any other fun because any hint of scandal could damage her father's political career. She decides to rebel and convinces her two maids to let her go along with them on a blind date with some rodeo performers. She tells her date, Stretch, that she's a parlor maid and that she left home because her father beat her. The two fall in love and elope. Now Mary has a double dilemma: continuing her charade with Stretch and keeping her marriage a secret from her father. Written by <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

MERLE ropes Gary! GARY brands Merle! (US 1954 re-release) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vaquero y la dama See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, David Niven was to star as a British diplomat, whilst Benita Hume was to play Mary's stepmother, but all of their scenes were eventually deleted from the final print. See more »

Goofs

During the initial blind date between the girls and the rodeo cowboys, they take a walk along the beach. Upon entering the gate to the house, the sound of a ukulele being played is heard, but Buzz (the ukulele player) is holding the ukulele in one hand, not playing it. See more »

Quotes

Sugar: [pointing to a orange juicer machine] What's this thing fer?
Katie Callahan: That makes orange juice.
Sugar: [flips the switch, machine spins and whirs loudly]
Sugar: Sugar
[falling back, startled]
Sugar: Scares it right out of 'em, don't it?
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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Sung by cowboys in the restaurant
Reprised near the end
Played also in the score
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Nice romance
2 December 2005 | by Caz1964See all my reviews

I saw this film as a teenager about 20 years ago,and its always remained one of my favourite romantic films.you can easily get lost in the beautiful locations this film is set in.The story is a simple one,with no confusing plot,so you just watch it for the beautiful chemistry between the two stars and the sweet storyline.It shows that films made during this era were far more romantic than that of today,they had lots of innocence about them,today they are handled a bit to heavily and you cant feel as sensitive towards them.I don't really think this film dates at all,i think this film can still be absorbed by a modern audience,as the film is basically about opposites attract which everyone can relate to .And also the two characters are just timeless,their different personalities really compliment each other,i do love this film.


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