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Some dastardly criminals have stolen some top secret plans and tattoo them on the back of a woman so she can sell them to the highest bidder in Lisbon. This woman plans to take the place of a 'Sidney Royce', a legitimate traveler going to Lisbon as a reporter. Crossed signals allows the real Sidney to reach Portugal first, where she is pursued by those trying to obtain the plans and US government agents trying to prevent the sale. Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Bad girl Margaret Hayes (Rita) assumes the identity of reporter Paulette Goddard (Sidney) in order to pass on secrets to her Nazi contact Albert Dekker (The Baron) in Lisbon. She has some plans tattooed onto her back and then covered in invisible ink so nothing shows up. The information can be retrieved by applying another fluid onto her back. She is destined to meet up with Dekker at a Lisbon hotel, but, in a mix-up, it is Goddard who shows up at the hotel and is pursued for the information that she knows nothing about. Fellow reporter Ray Milland (Kenneth) is there to help solve the mystery as all are chased around the hotel.
The film plays out straight-forwardly with no real suspense and far too much comedy that isn't necessarily funny. Especially from the dithering Roland Young (Ronald) as a British envoy. There is an amusing sequence of events that involves Goddard, Dekker and Young at the beginning of the film when both Dekker and Young ask Goddard to remove her clothing. But that is the only stand-out scene apart from the beginning when Hayes gets her tattoo. The film also scores points for the hotel rooms and Goddard's outfits. However, the film is nothing more than an OK time-passer.
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