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Harry Tugend (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 January 1942 (USA) See more »
Spine-tingling thrills as Ray and Paulette trap a barebacked spy in a barefaced lie! (original herald) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Modest spy comedy with attractive leads, amusing story See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ray Milland ... Kenneth Clarence Harper

Paulette Goddard ... Sidney Royce

Roland Young ... Ronald Dean

Albert Dekker ... Baron Von Kemp

Margaret Hayes ... Rita Lenox

Cecil Kellaway ... Peter Miles

Addison Richards ... Paul Baker

Edward Norris ... Frank Richards

Charles Arnt ... Pooly

Hans Schumm ... 1st German
Hans von Morhart ... 2nd German
Genia Nikolaieva ... Miss Schlinger - German Maid

Gerald Mohr ... Joe Scalsi
Lionel Royce ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Ashe ... G-Man (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Hotel Maid (uncredited)

Jean Del Val ... Bartender (uncredited)
George Dobbs ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Hans Fuerberg ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Martin Garralaga ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Hans Joby ... German Official (uncredited)

Arthur Loft ... Mr. Weston (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Bellhop - La Barca Hotel (uncredited)
Adolph Milar ... German Official (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva ... Portuguese Porter (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... G-Man (uncredited)
Terrance Ray ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Keith Richards ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Thomas W. Ross ... Abner Spencer (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Announcer (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Cop (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... German Guard (uncredited)

Richard Webb ... Pan Am Information Clerk (uncredited)
Bruce Wyndham ... German (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... German Official (uncredited)

Wolfgang Zilzer ... German Clerk - Baron's Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Writing credits
Harry Tugend (screenplay)

Leo Birinsky (based on a story by)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... associate producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Leo Shuken 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Shea 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Music Department
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »


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Modest spy comedy with attractive leads, amusing story, 6 May 2016
Author: csteidler from Minnesota

Cub reporter Paulette Goddard is sent to Lisbon, where she is assigned to work under a fiery news service editor who has a reputation for scaring off one reporter after another. It's not too surprising when we see that said editor is Ray Milland; he is indeed a bit of a grump but—again not too surprising—before long he and his new reporter are working together fine.

The "plans" in the movie's title have been etched in invisible ink across the back of a spy whose original scheme called for her to usurp Goddard's place in the Lisbon hotel and then sell the plans to the highest bidder. Roland Young is lots of fun as a British agent dispatched to the hotel to acquire the plans; his counterpart is Albert Dekker, leading a gang of Nazis who must have the plans themselves. Of course, Goddard is confused and annoyed when her hotel neighbors immediately start asking to take a look at her back.

The plot is clever if nothing spectacular—it moves along fast and builds to a rather exciting climax involving a daring escape and a phone booth.

Also of note, I thought—this picture was made right toward the end of that two year period during which Europe was at war but the U.S. wasn't in it yet. Our heroes' sympathies are certainly with the Brits here, but the American patriotism isn't over the top; starting right about the time this movie hit the theaters—January of 1942— Hollywood movies took on a much more aggressive part in the war effort. The Nazis portrayed here are bad guys, but they're not quite as purely evil as they soon would be.

Overall, it's pleasant rather than profound. Milland and Goddard make a good team, and they both look great too.

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