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

Vacation central tour 49

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For Kansas City, Cheyenne,


And the wonders of the west.

Oh, hello, Malcolm.

Hello, Molly.

Oh, how lovely! Oh!

Come on in.

All right.

I'll sit there.

Where do you want this?

Well, up here, I guess.

All right.

Where's your luggage and everything?

Greg has it.

Greg? He stopped to get

me something to read.

Oh. Brought me in a taxi.

Wasn't that nice of him?

Oh, I don't know.

You don't like Greg, do you?

I hate him.

Malcolm, why can't

we all be friends?

- Because I hate him.

- Malcolm!

I put the other bag

in the luggage compartment.

Thank you. Greg.

Hi, Malcolm.

Nice to see you. How've you been?

Fine, thanks.

This is for you, honey.

A guide to the west.

Oh, wonderful.

350 illustrations.


You don't say? You know, I

always think it's interesting...

To see things you've only

seen pictures of before.

Gives you a kick. You know what I mean?

Pardon me, Malcolm. I'll get this up here.

Can I help you? No,

I'll manage, thanks.

What's all this? Oh, that's

a present from Malcolm.

Isn't it lovely?

Yeah. Better not eat too much of

it, though. That'll make you sick.

Looks like you're out west already.


Molly? Malcolm? No, thank you.

No, thanks.

Gee, you look swell, Molly.

Doesn't she, Malcolm?

That's what I always tell her.

Well, I guess

it's these flowers.

Mr. MacGarnigal gave them to me.


Nice old guy, MacGarnigal. Yeah.

- Hey, Duchess, where are you?

- Hello, Bob.

Oh, I see we have a quorum here.

How are you men, anyway?


Nice to see you. Here, Duchess.

Eat your head off.

Oh, thank you!

Oh, you shouldn't have done it.

Ah, don't be silly.

Uh, put it up there next to the

other one, will you? Sure.

Mine. Excuse me, please.

You'll pardon us. I'm

glad I'm here anyway.

I didn't think I was gonna make it for a

while. I'm up on the road with my taxi...

Don't tell us about it. No.

Is there anything I can do for you?

Yeah. Get married.

Listen, brother... I'm not gonna

have you acting like this.

Well, I... well, I-I guess

you'd better be going.

Well, good-bye, Molly.


And, uh, think it over.

You know, about what we were

talking about the other night?

Yes, I will.



Yes, Greg.

Good-bye, Bob.

So long, Duchess.

- Good-bye, boys.

- Good-bye.

Good-bye, watch out for snakes.

Yeah, all kinds.

Honey, do you mind

if I ask you a question?

Why, no.

Go ahead.

What are you going away for?

Oh... I hope you don't think I'm

forward for speaking first,

but after all, one of us had to speak

first, so what's the difference which one?

My name's

Molly J. Truesdale.

Florrie Bendix.

How do you do?

Glad to know you.

Glad to know you.

How are you enjoying

the trip so far?

Oh, fine.

Not me.

I wish I'd have known.

I bet I wouldn't have come.

Why not?

Why not?

Look at the no fellas.

That's all right with me.

Hello, everybody. Hello, hello,

hello, hello, hello, hello.

I'd like to have your attention for a minute.

You're gonna have mine for the next 14 days.

So it isn't asking for too much, is it?

No, that's what I thought.

I'd like to introduce myself to you.

My name is smiley Lambert.

But you folks can call me smiley Lambert.

That's pretty cute, isn't it?

How are you? Good to see you.

All set for 14 breathless days?

Doesn't mean you have to hold

your breath, now does it?

How are you, sir? Glad to see you.

Yes, sir, a big, happy family.

The idea is not to get

in each other's hair.

Hair today, gone tomorrow,

I always say.

Got an idea you don't like me, brother.

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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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