A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
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as Molly J. Truesdale
as Duke Hudkins
as Smiley Lambert
as William A. Seiter
as Linda Belle
as Bus station attendan...
as Gambling House Boss
as 2nd Bartender
as Dr. Humbolt
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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.
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.
I've seen better, but I just adore Jean Arthur. I don't particularly like the Western genre and its conventions, so I wasn't expecting to like John Wayne, but he was good.
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