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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by William Wyler and Stuart Heisler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.


In this entertaining romantic comedy, a rodeo rider falls in love with a woman he believes is a maid, but who is actually the daughter of a wealthy presidential candidate. Without letting him know her true identity, she elopes with him aboard a ship. Much humorous confusion transpires.

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Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Lionel Newman; Lyrics by Arthur QuenzerNominated

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Sugar: Hey, you don't suppose she married him for his money, do you?
Buzz: What money?
Sugar: Well, he got a job, ain't he?
Buzz: Yeah, I never thought of that.

Stretch Willoughby: I'd advise you to get off your high horse and stop talkin' down to people, and the same goes for your smart-aleck friends here!
Oliver Wendell Henderson: I beg your pardon!
Stretch Willoughby: You know you don't give a hang what I think!

Stretch Willoughby: I'm glad you asked me though because I'd like to tell you. In the first place I don't see where you get off pickin' anybody for President when you haven't the decency to treat a person like a human bein'instead of askin' people to sit down at your table so that you can laugh at them. Maybe you oughtta go out and find out what they think and feel and what their needs are and what you can do to help them. That's all that's goin' to count in the long run. If, if Judge Smith there wants to be President, he ain't gonna get very far lookin' down his nose at people, and, and thinkin' he's better than they are. Abraham Lincoln didn't have to do that, and he turned out to be a pretty good President.

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William Wyler began as director of this movie, but walked off the picture after an argument with Samuel Goldwyn about extensive retakes he wanted. Goldwyn suspended Wyler, who did not return as director. However, he and Goldwyn settled their differences, and he did direct Goldwyn's next picture, Wuthering Heights. H.C. Potter was brought in to replace Wyler. Production and script problems resulted in the film going way over schedule, and Potter had to leave before the film was finished due to his commitment to start The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle. Editor Stuart Heisler was brought into finish directing the picture.
Several trade papers and national magazines noted that the film set a record for the number of screenwriters who worked on the script. Beside the 4 given credit onscreen, at least 13 others were involved.
During the film's production, news items listed Iron Eyes Cody, Silver Tip Baker, Steve Clemente, John Judd and Danny Borzage in the cast. None of these actors, however, have been confirmed.
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