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Director:
Writers:
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay)
Marcel Achard (story)
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Release Date:
7 August 1940 (USA) See more »
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A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted dependent and invites her to move into his family's home and his son soon falls in love with her. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Runtime:
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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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Uneven courtroom comedy/drama with early pairing of Ford and Hayworth..., 17 April 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Interesting that Columbia teamed GLENN FORD and RITA HAYWORTH six years before GILDA made them such a hot romantic combination, in a rather tepid courtroom tale that's an uneven mix of comedy and drama and barely allowed the sparks to fly between Ford and Hayworth.

Actually, it's BRIAN AHERNE who gets top billing as the Parisian shop owner who sits in on a murder trial and finds himself falling for "the lady in question". Aherne plays the man as a naively foolish individual who looks forward with childish glee to jury duty--and then manages to convince the others that Rita is not guilty of murder.

EVELYN KEYES plays his equally flighty daughter and IRENE RICH is his sensible wife. GLENN FORD is his attractive and reasonably sensible son.

It soon becomes apparent that all of the courtroom scenes are going to be played for comedy rather than drama. LLOYD CORRIGAN and GEORGE COULOURIS play opposing lawyers with comic skill and CURT BOIS does an amusing job as a fellow juror who takes an instant dislike to Aherne when he's accidentally splashed with water and then becomes his amusing adversary for the rest of the story.

But the spotlight is mainly on BRIAN AHERNE and he easily walks off with the film as the bumbling shop owner who begins to think that perhaps he shouldn't have talked the other jurors into freeing Rita, after she has an affair with his son whom he finds has stolen some money in order to leave with her. Aherne had a flair for comedy that is really given the spotlight here.

There's a clever plot twist at the end in which Aherne realizes how wrong he's been about everything.

RITA HAYWORTH shows promise in a rather uninteresting role that doesn't allow her to do more than look like a decorative leading lady and GLENN FORD is clearly not yet the movie star he would become. Both have relatively minor roles compared to Aherne.

Summing up: Interesting oddity is strange mixture of comedy and drama.

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