A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)





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Manhattan working girl Jean Arthur bids goodbye to her three erstwhile suitors (Grant Withers, Hans Conried and Grady Sutton) to take a bus tour of the west. En route, she meets handsome rodeo-star John Wayne, whose bucking bronco hurls him directly into her lap. Stranded in a tank town with Wayne and his sidekick Charles Winninger, Arthur is introduced to the sort of frontier activities not covered by the tour books: gambling, boozing and brawling. Not surprisingly, Arthur wants to hightail it back to the East, but by now Wayne has fallen in love with her. Lady Takes a Chance was produced for RKO by Jean Arthur's then-husband, Frank Ross.

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Jean Arthur
as Molly J. Truesdale
John Wayne
as Duke Hudkins
Phil Silvers
as Smiley Lambert
Mary Field
as Florrie
Grady Sutton
as William A. Seiter
John Philliber
as Storekeeper
Peggy Carroll
as Jitterbug
Jean Stevens
as Jitterbug
Ariel Heath
as Flossie
Sugar Geise
as Linda Belle
Tom Fadden
as Mullen
Eddy Waller
as Bus station attendant
Nena Quartaro
as Carmencita
Alex Melesh
as Bartender
Cy Kendall
as Gambling House Boss
Paul Scott
as 2nd Bartender
Charles D. Brown
as Dr. Humbolt
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Critic Reviews for A Lady Takes a Chance

All Critics (3)

War era comedy is nice turn for John Wayne, co-starring radiant Jean Arthur.

March 2, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

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. .

January 24, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A lightweight romantic comedy that's pleasing because of the easygoing relationship between stars Jean Arthur and John Wayne.

September 7, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Lady Takes a Chance


East meets West in this easygoing, time-passing romantic comedy about a city girl (Jean Arthur) who meets a cowboy (John Wayne), and their one night out in a Western town. It depends wholly on the charm of the leads and there's just enough of that to get by, but hardly anything more than that. It's not bad.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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