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Saturday Night Cinema: The Lady in Question

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Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema is a delightful rarity, The Lady in Question, starring the supremely divine Rita Hayworth and the hunky, swaggering Glenn Ford. This marks the first pairing of Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, which is what makes the film worthwhile. The chemistry is obvious. It would be six years before these two blow up the screen in Gilda. Charles Vidor directed this film as well as Gilda.

The film is a showcase for the spectacular Rita. Enjoy.

NY TImes 1940 review:

Without any preliminary fanfare Columbia yesterday presented the
Bryant Theatre with one of the season's most delightful entertainments.
Once you overcome the manifold implications of a title like "The Lady in
Question," you will be rewarded with an hour and twenty minutes of
delectable domestic fare that is by turn droll, down-right funny and
slightly dramatic, but always irresistibly humorous. Charles Vidor, the
director, has managed to keep his characters in situations that are
plausible and has imparted to the whole the infectious atmosphere of
home and hearth. The screen play by Lewis Meltzer represents an adroit
adaptation of the French film by Marcel Achard, which was shown here
last year as "Heart of Paris."

Not the least of the film's virtues are its players. Brian Aherne
contributes one of his finest characterizations as the blustering,
good-natured owner of a Parisian bicycle shop who, upon being called as a
juror, is so touched by the pathetic girl accused of murdering her
lover that he holds out for her acquittal, then takes her into his
family on the pretext that she is the daughter of an old classmate. His
efforts to hide the girl's true identity from his wife, to thwart the
romance which develops between her and his son, lead to many amusing and
touching domestic complications. To attempt to give further details of
the plot would be to do the film an injustice, for it springs to life
out of situations of a sort which invariably seem frightfully dull in
print.

As the lady in question Rita Hayworth reveals a winsome personality
and a talent which should soon bring her recognition as one of
Hollywood's more capable younger players. Evelyn Keyes gives a spirited
performance as an adolescent smitten by Cupid, and Irene Rich draws a
sympathetic and understanding portrait as the mother of the Morestan
family over which Mr. Aherne presides so humanly. All in all, "The Lady
in Question" is an uncommonly good, if not a great, photoplay; a
distinct treat for jaded cinematic appetites.


THE LADY IN QUESTION; screen play by Lewis Meltzer;
based on a story by Marcel Achard; directed by Charles Vidor; produced
by B. B. Kahane for Columbia Pictures.

Andre Morestan . . . . . Brian Aherne

Natalie Roguin . . . . . Rita Hayworth

Pierre Morestan . . . . . Glenn Ford

Michele Morestan . . . . . Irene Rich

Defense Attorney . . . . . George Coulouris

Prosecuting Attorney . . . . . Lloyd Corrigan

Francois Morestan . . . . . Evelyn Keyes

Robert LaCoste . . . . . Edward Norris

Henri Lurette . . . . . Curt Bois

President . . . . . Frank Reicher

Fat Boy . . . . . Sumner Getchell

Nicholas Farkas . . . . . Nicholas Bella

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