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Writers:
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay)
Marcel Achard (story)
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Release Date:
7 August 1940 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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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 Farkas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Adlon ... First Court Clerk (uncredited)
Ronald Alexander ... Juror (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Barber (uncredited)
Mary Bovard ... Miss Lucille Morlet (uncredited)
Dorothy Burgess ... Antoinette (uncredited)
James B. Carson ... Louie Rolande (uncredited)

William Castle ... Angry Juror #1 (uncredited)
George Davis ... Customer (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Natalie Roguin #2 (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Juror (uncredited)
Earl Gunn ... Angry Juror #2 (uncredited)
Frank Hilliard ... Juror (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... Third Judge (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Juror (uncredited)
Hamilton MacFadden ... Guard (uncredited)
Allen Marlow ... Second Guard (uncredited)
Alexander Palasthy ... Juror (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Juror (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Alternate Juror (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Expressman (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Gaston (uncredited)
William Stack ... Mr. Marinier (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Judge of the Court (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Second Court Clerk (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay)

Marcel Achard (story)

Jan Lustig  screenplay "Gribouille" (uncredited)

Produced by
B.B. Kahane .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lucien Moraweck 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot (director of photography) (as Lucien Andriot)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... sound engineer (uncredited)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Howell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
 
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80 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S (1963) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #6402)

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, Oddly Charming Film!, 14 November 2012
Author: Tom Sanchez from Los Angeles, California

Having read all of the posts about "The Lady in Question", I can understand how disappointed some people would be, expecting either a Rita Hayworth-Glenn Ford vehicle, a la "Gilda" or a faithful replica of it's source: the French film, "Gibouille". This doesn't take away that "The Lady in Question" is an entertaining film with an odd, curious yet sweet charm that comes upon one quietly and lingers long after the film is over.

Two of the posters regarded "The Lady in Question" as a pallid remake of "Gibouille". Having seen some pre-WWII French films, they were not greatly more explicit than Hollywood was, at the time, in dealing with sex and crime. "The Lady in Question" is a mild comedy-drama made by a studio that was well-equipped to handle such material, Columbia Pictures. Director Charles Vidor, a Frenchman himself, nicely, subtly, and lingeringly establishes time and place. It greatly allows for the suspension of disbelief of hearing perfect English accents on French characters.

This film showcases Brian Aherne, who all too rarely was showcased at all, let alone in a comedy that he carried. He plays Morestan, the bicycle shopkeeper, admirably and almost succeeds in making one believe he was a middle-aged shopkeeper. He has just the right light tone to unify what is a mild plot and a minor-A film. Yes, studios didn't always make big-budget films with their stars. Many of their films, including "A" pictures, were "programmers", films that showcased stars and promising contract players. This, "The Lady in Question" did.

The players do shine, even though this film is an early entry for future stars Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and Evelyn Keyes. In what could've been a merely decorative role, Hayworth truly has that "lady of mystery" quality that not only holds your attention but, momentarily, keeps one guessing as to whether or not she was guilty. Glenn Ford plays what would've been a callow juvenile with earnestness, a convincing portrait of young lust/love, and just enough vulnerability to make his love/suspicion relationship with Hayworth's character believable. Everyone acquits (pun intended)themselves very well in this film. Since the American film industry doesn't put out "programmers" anymore and we, as a public, are conditioned to see most star vehicles as big-budget affairs, it's a lost art but a beautiful one to sit, savor, and merely enjoy a well-crafted, entertaining film that isn't about anything special but delivers.

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