Lady Takes a Chance, A (1943)
Front Cover Actor
Jean Arthur Molly J. Truesdale
John Wayne Duke Hudkins
Charles Winninger Waco
Phil Silvers Smiley Lambert (bus tour director)
Mary Field Florrie Bendix
Don Costello Drunk
Jean Stevens 'Jitterbug' (as Peggy Carroll)
Joan Blair Lilly
Charles D. Brown Dr. G.W. Humboldt
Butch and Buddy Themselves
John Philliber Storekeeper
Grady Sutton Malcolm
Grant Withers Bob
Hans Conried Gregg
Kenneth Brown Butch
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance; Western
Director William A. Seiter; Henry Hathaway; William Seiter
Producer Frank Ross; Dick Ross
Writer Robert Ardrey; Garson Kanin
Studio Republic Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 1 hr 26 mins
Country USA
Color Color
A Lady Takes a Chance is probably the best American romantic comedy of the '40s that hardly anyone knew about--at least, in the last three or four decades of the 20th century. That's chiefly because, as a semi-independent production mounted for Jean Arthur by her husband, Frank Ross, the movie couldn't claim a place in any studio archive (It's a Wonderful Life was long neglected for similar reasons). So this lovely gem is ripe for rediscovery, not only for Arthur at her most enchantingly distracted, as a New York gal on a bus tour of the modern Wild West, but also for John Wayne's sly sexiness as the rodeo rider who literally falls into her lap. James Agee, no less, approvingly noted that "Wayne suggests how sensational he might be in a sufficiently evil story about a Reno gigolo." Lady isn't evil, but it's surely a delight. --Richard T. Jameson
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Index 974
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/9/03
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 017153136029
Release Date 2003
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White