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With: Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger, Phil Silvers, Mary Field, Don Costello, John Philliber, Grady Sutton, Jean Stevens, Grant Withers, Hans Conried, Ariel Heath, Sugar Geise, Joan Blair, Tom Fadden
Written by: Robert Ardrey, based on a story by Jo Swerling
Directed by: William A. Seiter
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 86
Date: 08/19/1943

A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Cowboys and Girls

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

William A. Seiter's incredibly charming little A Lady Takes a Chance stars John Wayne and the great Jean Arthur (Only Angels Have Wings). Arthur plays a popular city girl with three boyfriends who goes on a wild west bus trip. She meets a rodeo star (Wayne) who sweeps her off her feet and makes her miss the bus. Their relationship takes a few more turns when he proves a bit too forward and she accidentally makes his horse sick by stealing the horse blanket during a chilly night outdoors. Arthur is a wonderful comic as usual, but Wayne really surprises with a great performance as a clumsy Romeo-type.

In 2003, Artisan rescued this low-budget Republic flick on a no-frills DVD. In 2018, Kino Lorber gave us a spiffy new Blu-ray, also with no extras, but with much-improved picture and sound. It even includes optional English subtitles and a bunch of trailers, including Man of the West and Duel in the Sun.

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