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The Cowboy and the Lady
Directed by H. C. Potter • 1938 • United States
Starring Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon
Something like a western take on IT HAPPENED ON NIGHT, this Capraesque romantic comedy stars Merle Oberon as a prominent socialite who, tired of the cloistered life she’s been forced to lead by her presidential-hopeful father, masquerades as a maid for a night out on the town. When she meets and falls in love with the plainspoken rodeo cowboy Stretch (Gary Cooper), who is unaware of her true identity, the couple must figure out how to break the news to her family. Propelled by the winsome charms of its leads, this winning farce doubles as a sly commentary on class in 1930s America.