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The Cowboy and the Lady

The Cowboy and the Lady(1938)

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Mary Smith has lead a dull life, surrounded by political friends of her presidential hopeful father, Judge Horace Smith. Her Uncle Hannibal takes her to a gambling club for some excitement, which she gets when the club is raided by the police. The newspapers don't immediately connect her name to Judge Smith, but her father decides to send her to Palm Beach to avoid suspicion. While there, her two maids, Katie Callahan and Elly, feel sorry for her and invite her to go on a blind date with them. She meets and is attracted to shy rodeo star Stretch Willoughby, but because she lacks experience, she has to use every one of the tricks which Katie and Elly have taught her to interest him. He begins to respond when she tells him a hard luck story about supporting her father and sisters while working as a maid. The next day Stretch proposes and, though at first shocked by the idea, she follows him on a boat to Galveston. They are married by the captain and all seems happy until Katie calls with the news that Mr. Smith will soon be in Palm Beach. Mary tries to tell Stretch about her deception, but she can't because of his views on the idle rich, and instead tells him that she has to return home briefly because of a family crisis. When she arrives home, her father is unhappy with her news and coerces her into acting as hostess for him for some important guests. Meanwhile, Stretch becomes concerned when Mary doesn't return, and goes to Palm Beach. Arriving at the Smith home, he happens on their dinner party and discovers Mary's real identity. The dinner guests make fun of him, but his sincerity makes Mary realize how much she loves him. Uncle Hannibal also convinces Horace that his selfishness is taking away Mary's happiness. As Stretch arrives home in Montana, the entire Smith family is staying with his landlady, Ma Hawkins, and are trying to adapt to their new, simpler life.