The Lady in Question (1999 film)

The Lady in Question
Genre Period mystery
Created by A&E Network and
Granada Entertainment
in association with the
Stan Margulies Company and Crystal Sky Communications
Written by Gilbert Pearlman
Gene Wilder
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Starring Gene Wilder
Mike Starr
Cherry Jones
Barbara Sukowa
John Benjamin Hickey
Michael Cumpsty
Claire Bloom
Theme music composer John Morris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Delia Fine
Antony Root
Producer(s) Stan Margulies
Craig McNeil
Steven Paul
David Craig (supervising producer)
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editor(s) Angelo Corrao
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Crystal Sky Worldwide
Granada Entertainment
The Stan Margolies Company
Distributor A&E
Original network A&E
Original release
  • December 12, 1999 (1999-12-12)
Preceded by Murder in a Small Town

The Lady in Question is a 1999 American made-for-television mystery crime-thriller film directed by Joyce Chopra. It represents the last leading role and film for Gene Wilder and his last credit as screenwriter. As the previous Murder in a Small Town Wilder plays the amateur detective Larry "Cash" Carter.[1][2] It was broadcast by A&E on December 12, 1999.[3]



After the high ratings A&E received for Murder in a Small Town, the first Cash Carter mystery, The Lady in Question began filming in Toronto in May 1999.[4]

Although A&E and Granada Entertainment USA planned to develop the Gene Wilder character as a franchise,[4][5] only two Cash Carter films were produced. On January 30, 2000, Wilder was admitted to Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center for a stem-cell transplant, a followup to treatment he received in 1999 for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Wilder checked in under the name Larry Carter, his character's name in the two A&E films.[6]:237

Home video releases


  1. Martin Renzhofer (December 11, 1999). "Wilder's Back Sleuthing A&E Murder". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. Ray Richmond (December 6, 1999). "Variety Reviews - The Lady in Question". Variety. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. Martie Zad (December 12, 1999). "Gene Wilder Returns as Sly Sleuth". The Washington Post.
  4. 1 2 Dempsey, John, "A&E commits more 'Murder'". Daily Variety, April 6, 1999
  5. DePalma, Anthony, "Wilder Goes Back in Time to Move Ahead". The New York Times, January 10, 1999
  6. Wilder, Gene, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005, SBN 0-312-33706-X.
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