The Lady in Question

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This article is about the 1940 film. For the A&E TV movie, see The Lady in Question (1999 film).
The Lady in Question
Directed by Charles Vidor
Produced by B.B. Kahane
Written by Jan Lustig (de)
Lewis Meltzer
Based on Gribouille
1937 French film
by Marcel Achard
Starring Brian Aherne
Rita Hayworth
Glenn Ford
Music by Lucien Moraweck
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Edited by Al Clark
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 7, 1940 (1940-08-07)
Running time
80 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Lady in Question is a 1940 American comedy drama film directed by Charles Vidor and starring Brian Aherne, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.[1] It is a remake of the 1937 French film Gribouille.

This was the first of five films in which Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth appeared together, most famously in their second film, Gilda (1946). They also teamed together in The Loves of Carmen (1948), Affair in Trinidad (1952) and The Money Trap (1965). Their off-screen liaisons were soon transformed into an enduring, lifelong friendship.[2]


While serving on a Paris jury Andre Morestan (Brian Aherne) persuades his deadlocked peers to vote for the acquittal of Natalie Roguin's (Rita Hayworth), a young woman on trial for the death of a young man she had been seeing. Securing her innocence, Morestan invites her to live and work at his bicycle and music shop when no one else will give her a job. However, he decides to keep her true identity a secret, which soon begins to raise doubts within his family. His son (Glenn Ford) soon falls in love with her, even though he knows who she is.

Eventually, Andre is persuaded by a fellow former juror that she was in fact guilty. He goes to the authorities, but learns from them that new evidence has turned up that completely exonerates her.




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  2. ^ Glenn Ford: A Life (Wis. 2011) by Peter Ford

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