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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 »

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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

Pierre tells Natalie that the ancient Greeks called the planet Venus - Callisto. When, in fact, the Greeks referred to Venus as Aphrodite. Callisto was a river nymph and not the Greek goddess of love. In the night skies, Callisto is not a planet, but, one of the stars in the constellation Ursa Major (aka the Great Bear) or more commonly referred to as the Big Dipper. See more »

Quotes

Francois Morestan: You know what's the matter with you Pierre, you have no romance!
Michele Morestan: Now, now, now, children, it's a little too late for that.
Francois Morestan: But, it's true, Mother. What does he see when he looks through his telescope? A lot of stars. When I look up, I see love!
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broad acting
19 August 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Andre Morestan (Brian Aherne) owns a Paris bicycle shop with his family. He's eager to serve in a jury. The trial has Natalie Roguin (Rita Hayworth) facing a murder charge. Andre convinces the jury to acquit. After the trial, he gives her a job at his shop. He keeps her identity a secret from his family but his son Pierre (Glenn Ford) recognizes her. His daughter Francois is overjoyed to be engaged to Robert LaCoste who owns the dance studio next door. Robert turns out to be a lascivious sleaze with his eye on Natalie.

It's a lesser old movie. The acting is broad and so are the attempts at humor. This is a remake of a French film and I'm sure a ton of jokes don't get through the translation. The trial takes place in the first thirty minutes. Andre is a childish considering the situation. It seems to be aimed as a comedy but it's not funny. After Natalie gets the job, there are some sitcom-like misunderstandings. Again it's not funny but it's still watchable. The movie feels short-changed and the shorter running time may have something to do with that.


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