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A Lady Takes a Chance (August 9, 1943)

A Lady Takes a Chance
 

Released on August 9, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 26 minutes) A New York City girl spends her summer on a bus trip around the country, and falls in love with a rambling rodeo cowboy who refuses to be hooked.

Produced by Dick Ross and Frank Ross

Directed by William A. Seiter

The Actors: Jean Arthur (Molly J. Truesdale), John Wayne (Duke Hudkins), Charles Winninger (Waco), Phil Silvers (Smiley Lambert), Mary Field (Florrie Bendix), Don Costello (drunk), John Philliber (storekeeper), Grady Sutton (Malcolm Scott), Jean Stevens (Jitterbug), Grant Withers (Bob Hastings), Hans Conried (Gregg Stone), Ariel Heath (Flossie), Sugar Geise (Linda Belle), Joan Blair (Lilly), Tom Fadden (Mullen), Eddy Waller (bus station attendant), Nina Quartero (Carmencita), Alex Melesh (first bartender), Cy Kendall (gambling house boss), Paul Scott (second bartender), Charles D. Brown (Doctor G.W. Humboldt), Billy Lenhart (Butch), Kenneth Brown (Buddy), The Three Peppers (saloon musicians), Polly Bailey (beggar woman), Bobby Barber (gambler), Benny Bartlett (Henry), Hank Bell (Gold City cowboy with big mustache,) Joseph E. Bernard (gambler), Eddie Borden (poker player), Rudy Bowman (barfly), Roy Bucko (barfly), Fred Burns (team driver), Lane Chandler (Slim), Robert Cherry (hot dog vendor), J.W. Cody (Indian bellhop), Monte Collins (poker player), Armand Cortes (Al), Victor Cox (barfly), Jack Daley (gambler), Roy Darmour (gambler), George DeNormand (truck driver), Eddie Dew (cowboy), Bert Dillard (cowboy), Herbert Evans (butler), George Ford (wealthy young man), Bud Geary (gambler), Jack Gordon (barfly), Fred Graham (saloon brawler), Dorothy Granger (hot dog girl), Ralf Harolde (croupier), Warren Jackson (gambler), Ray Jones (saloon brawler), Donald Kerr (gambler), Mike Lally (gambler), Frank McCarroll (barfly), Robert McKenzie (poker player), Dorcas McKim (mother), Charles Meakin (bus passenger), Frank Melton (Otto), Kansas Moehring (barfly), Patsy Moran (counter girl), Horace Murphy (poker player), Jack O'Shea (gambler), Artie Ortego (saloon brawler), Ronald R. Rondell (henchman), Syd Saylor (poker player), Harry Semels (Greek), Allen D. Sewall (barfly), Clarence Straight (Henry), Chalky Williams (reporter), Hank Worden (waiter),

 

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation, or, East Meets West

After graduating from Princeton University, Frank Ross got a small part in the 1929 movie, “The Saturday Night Kid —»,” that starred one of the most sensual ladies of motion pictures, Clara Bow. In this movie, Clara Bow has a sister played by Jean Arthur. Frank Ross acted in two more movies before moving behind the camera to direct and produce. Jean Arthur also appeared in one of those movies with Frank Ross.

Frank Ross married Jean Arthur in 1932, and as a producer, made this independent film starring his wife. The date is 1943, and the movie begins with some text screens setting the atmosphere. You need to know a bit about 1943 America to understand the screens.

America was deep into World War Two, so you couldn’t drive 60 miles an hour, because rubber for new tires was in short supply and gasoline was rationed. Except for the ingredients for making bread, virtually every other item of food was rationed and in short supply, especially meat. Of course, with so many American boys fighting in Europe and the Pacific, there were many more girls at home than boys.

Our story goes back to before the war began, and there were plenty of boys for every girl. Jean Arthur, as Molly J. Truesdale, has three boyfriends who are seeing her off at the New York City bus terminal. She is going on a bus tour of the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and back again.

One of the attractions that the bus tour provides is a real live rodeo, and while Molly is trying to take a photograph of the action, a bucking bronc rider is tossed from his horse, flying through the air, landing on top of Molly. In an instant, Molly is in love, as she lies underneath the cowboy.

Unfortunately, John Wayne, as cowboy Duke Hudkins, loves girls like Molly, . . . lots of them. But he refuses to ever be roped into anything more than a good time, and will never, ever, ever commit to only one woman. But he never met a girl like Molly, before. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alex Melesh
Alex Melesh
Alex Melesh, John Wayne, Jean Arthur
Alex Melesh, John Wayne, Jean Arthur
Alex Melesh
Alex Melesh
Charles D. Brown
Charles D. Brown
Charles Winninger
Charles Winninger
Charles Winninger, Jean Arthur
Charles Winninger, Jean Arthur
Charles Winninger, John Wayne
Charles Winninger, John Wayne
Charles Winninger
Charles Winninger
Cy Kendall
Cy Kendall
Eddy Waller
Eddy Waller
Grady Sutton
Grady Sutton
Grady Sutton, Grant Withers, Hans Conried
Grady Sutton, Grant Withers, Hans Conried
Grady Sutton, Hans Conried, Grant Withers
Grady Sutton, Hans Conried, Grant Withers
Hans Conried, Mary Field, Jean Arthur
Hans Conried, Mary Field, Jean Arthur
J.W. Cody
J.W. Cody
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Phil Silvers, Mary Field
Phil Silvers, Mary Field
Jean Arthur, Charles Winninger
Jean Arthur, Charles Winninger
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
John Philliber
John Philliber
John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne, Eddy Waller, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Eddy Waller, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur, John Wayne
Jean Arthur, John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne, Jean Arthur
John Wayne
John Wayne
Mary Field
Mary Field
Mary Field, Jean Arthur
Mary Field, Jean Arthur