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     A wartime romantic comedy of 'opposites' finding true love. A Lady Takes a Chance is probably the best American romantic comedy of the '40s that hardly anyone knew about ... at least in the last three or four decades of the 20th century ... so this lovely gem is ripe for rediscovery.

  Not only for Arthur at her most enchantingly distracted, as a New York gal on a bus tour of the modern Wild West, who sparkles in this wartime comedy, as Molly

Truesdale, a  sweet, pretty salesgirl overwhelmed by 3 overzealous suitors! and also for John Wayne's sly sexiness as the rodeo rider who literally falls into her lap and it's love at first sight! 

   This is not a musical or dance movie, however this film does feature an unusual dancer, wait he isn't a dancer it's John Wayne doing the Jitterbug no Less with Jean Stevens. This is a very good film on it's own right and for swing dancers, this is a must to have in your dance collection for watching " Mr. Macho" John Wayne Jitterbug is a real hoot ! Plus how often do you see Swing Music in a saloon in a western film and all jitterbugging. John Wayne also danced the Jitterbug in " the Fighting Sea bees."  There is also a barn dance, Virginia Reel etc. in the Western Film.

More Film Information below

Film Date:




1943 Republic William A. Seiter | DVD | VHS |


Country Made:



86 minutes USA English Black and White

Film Genre:

Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Western, Comedy, Romance John Wayne Jitterbug OK

Known Dancers

Musical Director

Actors / Actresses

Jean Stevens (Jitterbug) C. Bakaleinikoff Jean Arthur
    John Wayne
    Phil Silvers
    Dorothy Granger

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Barn Dance n/a John Wayne & others Dancing Swing
Jitterbug   Barn Dance
Virginia Reel   Virginia Reel

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