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The Lady in Question (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 August 1940 (USA)
A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted defendant and invites her to move into his family's home and his son soon falls in love with her.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), Marcel Achard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Aherne ... Andre Morestan
Rita Hayworth ... Natalie Roguin
Glenn Ford ... Pierre Morestan
Irene Rich ... Michele Morestan
George Coulouris ... Defense Attorney
Lloyd Corrigan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Evelyn Keyes ... Francois Morestan
Edward Norris ... Robert LaCoste
Curt Bois ... Henri Lurette
Frank Reicher ... President
Sumner Getchell ... Fat Boy
Nicholas Bela Nicholas Bela ... Nicholas Farkas
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Storyline

A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted defendant and invites her to move into his family's home and his son soon falls in love with her.

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SHE'S THE ANSWER TO WHAT'S NEW IN DELIGHTFUL ROMANCE! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

7 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gribouille See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although made to look older, Brian Aherne was only 14 years older than Glenn Ford, who plays his son in the film. See more »

Quotes

Michele Morestan: What kind of a woman is that Natalie Roguin?
Andre Morestan: I'm not permitted to discuss the case with members of my family.
Michele Morestan: It can't be much, probably mixed up with that sort of thing.
Andre Morestan: People shouldn't condemn what they don't know.
Michele Morestan: I heard about her in the market place today and they say she's not a nice girl.
Andre Morestan: The marketplace, the marketplace, new court of justice. Tomorrow we'll move the judges down among the food and vegetables and settle the case there.
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The mystery could not make up its mind whether it wanted to be a comedy or a drama.
24 February 2000 | by pitzerclanSee all my reviews

Having seen (and commented on for IMDb) the more recent movie by the same title with Gene Wilder, I wanted to watch the 1940 movie to see if there was any resemblance between the two. There was none. Although I am less qualified to evaluate this movie, considering it was made eight years before I was born, I must say it seemed to me that this court-room mystery could not make up its mind whether it wanted to be a comedy or a serious drama. There were alternating comedic and serious touches which I believe detracted from the overall enjoyment of the film. However, the story was enjoyable for a one-time viewing. Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford were familiar to me. Brian Aherne was unfamiliar to me in name, but I believe I recognized him from other movies. He reminded me a little of blustering William Powell in "Life with Father," a movie I cannot stand. It seemed to me the wife could have seen through the father's stories a lot sooner, the silliness of the daughter was overdone, and the scenes with Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth could have been more revealing as to their true feelings for each other. The pairing of the daughter with the fat boy was predictable. And I don't know that the real truth about Rita Hayworth's character really made all that much difference in the end. But these are just my opinions, and I'm glad to say I was able to view the film this once.


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