A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

A Lady Takes a Chance





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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jo Swerling, Robert Ardrey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
RKO Pictures



as Mollie Truesdale

as Duke Hudkins

as Smiley Lambert

as Florrie

as William A. Seiter

as Storekeeper

as Jitterbug

as Jitterbug

as Flossie

as Linda Belle

as Mullen

as Bus station attendan...

as Carmencita

as Bartender

as Gambling House Boss

as 2nd Bartender

as Dr. Humbolt
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Critic Reviews for A Lady Takes a Chance

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

War era comedy is nice turn for John Wayne, co-starring radiant Jean Arthur.

March 2, 2008

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. .

Full Review… | January 24, 2007

A lightweight romantic comedy that's pleasing because of the easygoing relationship between stars Jean Arthur and John Wayne.

Full Review… | September 7, 2005
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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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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