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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 November 1938 (USA)
A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors:

H.C. Potter (as H. C. Potter), Stuart Heisler (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Stretch Willoughby
Merle Oberon ... Mary Smith
Patsy Kelly ... Katie Callahan
Walter Brennan ... Sugar
Fuzzy Knight ... Buzz
Mabel Todd ... Elly
Henry Kolker ... Horace Smith
Harry Davenport ... Uncle Hannibal Smith
Emma Dunn ... Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Ames
Berton Churchill ... Henderson
Charles Richman ... Dillon
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Boat Captain
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Storyline

Poor Mary Smith can't go night-clubbing or have any other fun because any hint of scandal could damage her father's political career. She decides to rebel and convinces her two maids to let her go along with them on a blind date with some rodeo performers. She tells her date, Stretch, that she's a parlor maid and that she left home because her father beat her. The two fall in love and elope. Now Mary has a double dilemma: continuing her charade with Stretch and keeping her marriage a secret from her father. Written by <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vaquero y la dama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Hoyt is listed in studio records and casting call lists as being assigned the role of "Valet", but he does not appear in the final film. Modern sources also list Billy Wayne, Ernie Adams and Jack Baxley as "Rodeo Riders", but they do not appear or are not identifiable on screen. See more »

Goofs

During the initial blind date between the girls and the rodeo cowboys, they take a walk along the beach. Upon entering the gate to the house, the sound of a ukulele being played is heard, but Buzz (the ukulele player) is holding the ukulele in one hand, not playing it. See more »

Quotes

Mary Smith: [offering a drink] Have some.
Stretch Willoughby: What's that? Champagne?
Mary Smith: Uhuh.
Stretch Willoughby: I had some once. Ain't bad.
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Soundtracks

Er-ru-ti-tu-ti
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Fuzzy Knight (piano and vocal)
Reprised by Knight at the ranch
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Beautiful Cinematography
13 October 2003 | by bolangirlSee all my reviews

I love this movie for several reasons, the plot, the acting and the beautiful cinematography. There are beach scenes and others that have a dreamlike, gauzy quality that I really love. Gary Cooper is the naive but cute cowboy and Merle as Mary the wealthy socialite who tries to hide it from him. She doesn't mean any harm, she's lonely and isolated and finds herself in an awkard situation that gets worse quickly. Don't miss Walter Brennan as his sidekick (as usual) and the other fun characters throughout this sweet and fun movie.


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