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A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 19 August 1943 (USA)
A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), Jo Swerling (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Philliber ... Storekeeper
Grady Sutton ... Malcolm Scott
Jean Stevens Jean Stevens ... 'Jitterbug' (as Peggy Carroll)
Grant Withers ... Bob Hastings
Hans Conried ... Gregg Stone
Ariel Heath ... Flossie
Sugar Geise Sugar Geise ... Linda Belle
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Lilly
Tom Fadden ... Mullen
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Storyline

A New York bank clerk,Mollie Truesdale (Jean Arthur), in the late 1930s, finds that her cherished dream of making a 17-day all-expenses-paid bus trip to the Pacific Coast and back, isn't all she thought it would be...until she reaches Oregon and a bucking broncho tosses a rodeo performer on top of her and knocks her flat. Duke Hudkins (John Wayne), by way of apology, shows her the sights of Fairfield, Oregon, and she misses her bus, quarrels with the bewildered Duke, hitchhikes across a lot of desert...and a romance is born. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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JOHN WAYNE Rides Hell-For-Leather (1954 reissue poster) See more »


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Trivia

$250,000 was spent on advertising and at that time was one of the largest budgets ever used. See more »

Quotes

Waco: Remember what you told me? "Women is like socks... you gotta change 'em regular."
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Wayne (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingin' at the Cotton Club
Written by Bob Bell
Performed by The Three Peppers
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East meets west. AKA The Cowboy and the Girl.
23 May 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This is a funny and enjoyable movie. Jean Arthur plays Molly Truesdale, a young woman that needs a break from her job and the pursuit of three fellows wanting her companionship. She signs up for a fourteen day bus trip west. The vacation gets interesting when she meets a cowboy at a rodeo. That cowboy is Duke Hudkins (John Wayne), who is smitten with her coy flirtations. There is a magical interaction between Arthur and Wayne that seems to make the black and white film glow.

Phil Silvers plays the tour bus guide. The cowboy's side kick, Waco, is played by Charles Winninger. Also in the cast is Mary Field and Jean Stevens.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cowboy and the Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frank Ross Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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