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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Although his character in A Lady Takes a Chance is named Duke Hudkins, actor John Wayne got his nickname "The Duke" long before. In his early teens living in Glendale, California, Wayne had a dog named Duke. They were so inseparable that family and friends called them Little Duke and Big Duke. For Wayne, who soon entered high school theatrical productions, the name stuck. See more »

Quotes

Waco: Love is the best thing there is, I guess, but you're barking up the wrong cowboy.
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Connections

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

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Swingin' at the Cotton Club
Written by Bob Bell
Performed by The Three Peppers
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War-time cross country comedy romance
8 March 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Another reviewer noted that the setting for this 1943 movie was 1938, a few years before the U.S. got into World War II. Life went on in time of war in the U.S., and Hollywood made many comedies to help relieve the home front stress and worry about the war. But the country also had rationing, reduced use of gas, and other product restrictions. So, it's not too likely that there were many bus tours around the country, as in this film. And, if there were some, the movie industry wouldn't want to be put on the spot encouraging Americans to splurge in a time of shortage. So, the time of the film taking place was just set back a few years.

"A Lady Takes a Chance" is a fun comedy romance that paired a couple of unlikely stars. Jean Arthur was one of the top female movie comics of the time, and John Wayne was known then for his long string of mostly Westerns. Wayne had ventured into comedy once before, in "His Private Secretary" (1933), and I think he did quite well. This movie showed that he could do comedy well – especially as a straight man against a comic partner.

The Arthur-Wayne pairing works very well in this movie. The Western and war film fans of John Wayne should enjoy this comedy-romance as well.


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