A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
Manhattan working girl Jean Arthur bids goodbye to her three erstwhile suitors (Grant Withers, Hans Conried and Grady Sutton) to take a bus tour of the west. En route, she meets handsome rodeo-star John Wayne, whose bucking bronco hurls him directly into her lap. Stranded in a tank town with Wayne and his sidekick Charles Winninger, Arthur is introduced to the sort of frontier activities not covered by the tour books: gambling, boozing and brawling. Not surprisingly, Arthur wants to hightail it back to the East, but by now Wayne has fallen in love with her. Lady Takes a Chance was produced for RKO by Jean Arthur's then-husband, Frank Ross. … More
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Critic Reviews for A Lady Takes a Chance
War era comedy is nice turn for John Wayne, co-starring radiant Jean Arthur.
In this light, minor fare, made before he became a star, Wayne is cast as Duke Hudkins (Duke was his nickname), an easy-going rodeo rider who treasures his indpendence. .
Audience Reviews for A Lady Takes a Chance
This is really a combination of a lot of different genres and has interesting moments, it just doesn't really go anywhere. The only praise I have for it is John Wayne, he still manages to be charming and cool. I think it fails mainly in that it takes the perspective of Jean Arthur's character when she really isn't all that strong.More
Silly comedy of opposites attracting with Arthur and Wayne the oil and water couple. They don't have the greatest chemistry but with each doing their patented bit the film is easy enough to take.More
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