A Lady Takes a Chance

Synopsis: A New York bank clerk,Mollie Truesdale (Jean Arthur), in the late 1930s, finds that her cherished dream of making a 17-day all-expenses-paid bus trip to the Pacific Coast and back, isn't all she thought it would be...until she reaches Oregon and a bucking broncho tosses a rodeo performer on top of her and knocks her flat. Duke Hudkins (John Wayne), by way of apology, shows her the sights of Fairfield, Oregon, and she misses her bus, quarrels with the bewildered Duke, hitchhikes across a lot of desert...and a romance is born.
Director(s): William A. Seiter
Production: RKO Pictures
86 min

Well, I'll grow on you.

Yes, sir, grow on you. How are you, girls?

Having fun?

Good to see you. How are you? Well,

look at this little man here.

All set for a nice, little trip?

You're all right, Sonny.

We've got... Well. Sex appeal,

folks, right over here.

Yes, sir. Sex appeal. Oh,

you pretty, pretty, pretty.

Well, we'll be leaving

in about two minutes...

Change seats with me, will you?

I certainly don't blame you.

This is the old

necking department, folks,

in case anybody's interested.

We used to call this a saloon. Everybody

came here here for scotch and "sofa."

You're right with me, ain't ya?

Right with me all the time.

Now, folks, we'll be off for the smoothest,

most comfortable ride you ever had.

Yes, sir, the easiest, smoothest,

most comfortable ride you ever had.

And I'm the boy that's gonna tell you

about it. Okay, major. Let her go.

- Contact!

Hot dog?


Are you all right?

I, uh, guess so.

Folks, it was a happy landing...

You sure you ain't

busted no place?

Uh, well, I'm pretty sure.


Hey, Duke.

Are we all right?

Sure, sure, Waco.

We ain't hurt?

We ain't even shook up.

If we woulda rode that other horse,

we'd have taken the day money.


We sure woulda.

Hey, mister.

Oh, hello.

Would you mind giving me

your autograph? My what?

Would you sign my program? I

want to keep it as a souvenir.


I don't mind.

"Duke Hudkins."

Thank you very much,

Mr. Hudkins.

I, uh... I don't get

sat on every day.



Hey, lady!

You want to sign my program?

Me? Well,

gee whiz, Mr. Hudkins,

I don't...

I don't sit on people every day.

Oh... sure.

This is, uh, pretty fancy.

I don't know whether

you can read it or not.

"Molly J. Truesdale."

Let's go, Molly.

What? Well, you like

beer, don't you?

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Robert Ardrey

Robert Ardrey (October 16, 1908 – January 14, 1980) was an American playwright, screenwriter and science writer perhaps best known for The Territorial Imperative (1966). After a Broadway and Hollywood career, he returned to his academic training in anthropology and the behavioral sciences in the 1950s.As a playwright and screenwriter Ardrey received many accolades. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937, won the inaugural Sidney Howard Memorial Award in 1940, and in 1966 received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay for his script for Khartoum. His most famous play, Thunder Rock, is widely considered an international classic.Ardrey's scientific work played a major role in overturning long-standing assumptions in the social sciences. In particular, both African Genesis (1961) and The Territorial Imperative (1966), two of his most widely read works, were instrumental in changing scientific doctrine and increasing public awareness of evolutionary science. His work was so popular that many prominent scientists cite it as inspiring them to enter their fields. more…

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