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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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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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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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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Mary's father, Horace Smith, was originally assigned to Thomas Mitchell, but due to various production issues, shooting was delayed. As a result, Mitchell, who had a previous commitment, had to leave before his scenes were completed. All of his previously shot scenes were scrapped, and his part was recast with Henry Kolker, who quickly re-shot all of Mitchell's scenes. See more »

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When Grandpa is demonstrating the jitterbug, he sings "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," but his lips never move. See more »

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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

Annie Laurie
(ca 1834) (uncredited)
Original music traditional, an old Scottish air
Music by Lady John Scott (Alicia Spottiswoode) (ca 1834) (modern version)
Played on harmonica by Gary Cooper
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I Loved This Movie...But
4 April 2006 | by preciousladyg2See all my reviews

I saw this movie recently on TCM and for the most part, loved it!

I liked the shy, bumbling character of "Stretch" and the sheltered, Mary who fell hard for him.

Of course, being sheltered, she was limited in her experience with men.

But fortunately, she fell hard for a man with character and who loved her truly.

I knew that when she lied and misrepresented herself that she would be caught.

I especially loved the night when they married. It was a sweet throwback to an earlier time when single ladies weren't in single men's rooms at night or any time for that matter! It wasn't proper in 1938. It was very sweet and romantic for Stretch to propose marriage. His search for a wife was over!

Here are my slight criticisms:

Also, unsure if I can believe that his REAL name was "Stretch".

Then, there are the scenes where Mary was at the rodeo cleaning up. She became filthy and her dress was torn as a result.

I would think that she could have had her maids send her some clothes or wire her some money so she could purchase some clothes and toiletries. Or even ask her new husband to purchase her some clothes. There was a scene where she attempted to purchase some pants but was interrupted by the phone call. Why didn't she or Stretch purchase clothing and toiletries for her she before she boarded the bus?

Even rich ladies have to bathe and look presentable. A rich lady with her background wouldn't travel on the train for 3 days in a filthy, torn dress and unwashed. Suppose her dad and his friends had ALREADY arrived when she got there? How would she explain her appearance?

Also, the scene in the framework of the house lasted a little too long, in my opinion.

But other than that: I enjoyed this movie! Gary and Merle were great in the leads!


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