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A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

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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A ROUGH RIDIN' RODEO RIDER who takes the prize on and off the field! (1954 reissue poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheyenne 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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Quotes

Waco: Love is the best thing there is, I guess, but you're barking up the wrong cowboy.
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It's only by the grace of its charming stars that this movie rises a notch above mediocrity.
27 May 2009 | by eddaxSee all my reviews

I love Jean Arthur. That voice! Distinct... kinda nasal but not annoying... and intelligent yet unarrogant. And she's cute despite not being a traditional forgettable beauty.

John Wayne is relatively young here, still attractive and ungrizzled, and so he still makes for a good prince in this cowboy-meets-city girl fairytale. And the movie does start off that way - very charming and romantic - but of course it doesn't last, since what kind of a movie would it be if the boy and girl lived happily ever after after 15 minutes.

So it's too bad then that it goes downhill from there, when the couple starts encountering forced obstacle after forced obstacle and lame joke after lame joke. It's only by the grace of its charming stars that this movie rises a notch above mediocrity.


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