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Lady in Question, The (Columbia 1940, Rita Hayworth, Brian Aherne)



In The Lady in Question, Parisian beauty Natalie (Rita Hayworth) is on trial for the murder of a friend. Bicycle shop owner Andre Morestan (Brian Aherne) is taken with the sympathetic woman and convinces the jury of her innocence. Once she is acquitted, he offers her a job in his shop, the caveat being that she must use an assumed name.

Meanwhile, Andre’s son Pierre knows the full story, having snuck into the trial without his father’s knowledge. He falls in love with Natalie. Numerous complications arise, involving multiple members of the Morestan family and a slimy boyfriend, before this classic romance reaches its conclusion.

The Lady in Question, directed by Charles Vidor, is the first of numerous romances for famous Hollywood on-screen couple Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The two starred together in many other films, including several directed by Vidor.

production details
USA | Columbia | 80 minutes | 1940

Director: Charles Vidor
Script: Jan Lustig, Marcel Achard,

Glenn Ford as Pierre Morestan
Evelyn Keyes as Francois Morestan
George Coulouris as Defense Attorney
Theodore Lorch as Juror
Brian Aherne as Andre Morestan
George Davis as Customer (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton as Minor Role
Curt Bois as Henri Lurette
Rita Hayworth as Natalie Roguin
Irene Rich as Michele Morestan
Lloyd Corrigan as Prosecuting Attorney
Edward Norris as Robert LaCoste
Frank Reicher as President
Sumner Getchell as Fat Boy
Nicholas Bela as Nicholas Farkas
William Castle as Angry Juror #1 (uncredited)
Louis Adlon as First Court Clerk
Ronald Alexander as Juror
Leon Belasco as Barber
Mary Bovard as Miss Lucille Morlet
Dorothy Burgess as Antoinette
James B. Carson as Louie Rolande
Vernon Dent as Gendarme
Fern Emmett as Natalie Roguin #2
Harrison Greene as Jury Foreman
Carlton Griffin as Juror
Earl Gunn as Angry Juror #2
Frank Hilliard as Juror
Hamilton MacFadden as Guard
Allen Marlow as Second Guard
Alexander Palasthy as Juror
Ralph Peters as Pedestrian
Frank Pharr as Juror
Fred Rapport as Alternate Juror
Jack Rice as Gaston
William Stack as Mr. Marinier
Julius Tannen as Judge of the Court
Emma Tansey as Flower Woman
Philip Van Zandt as Second Court Clerk
Jack Raymond as Expressman