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Lisbon (1956)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  17 August 1956 (USA)
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High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal.

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Capt. Robert John Evans
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Sylvia Merrill
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Aristides Mavros
Yvonne Furneaux ...
Maria Maddalena Masanet
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Seraphim
Percy Marmont ...
Lloyd Merrill
Jay Novello ...
Insp. Joao Casimiro Fonseca
Edward Chapman ...
Edgar Selwyn
Harold Jamieson ...
Philip Norworth
Humberto Madeira ...
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High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal.

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17 August 1956 (USA)  »

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Lisboa  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Trucolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Captain Evans translates the Fado's title, Lisboa Antiga, to his American companion, he says Old Lisbon. This is not the best English rendition of the meaning, but in it's favor, it is the literal translation of a line of the poem itself. See more »

Goofs

When dining with "Sylvia Merrill" in Alfama, she inquires about the song "Old Lisbon" (yes, "Ancient Lisbon") being played in the restaurant. "Captain Robert John Evans " tells her "It's sort of a Home, Sweet Home, for Brazilians". Only a fiendish evil crook could display such ignorance about the beautiful music composed in 1937 by Raúl Portela with lyrics by José Galhardo and Amadeu do Vale. A Portuguese classic that Amália dos Santos made famous. Nelson Riddle took it to America and made it the soundtrack for "Lisbon". See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Merrill: I've never met Mr. Avros.
Capt. Robert John Evans: I have and I don't nothing about him.
Sylvia Merrill: What was your impression?
Capt. Robert John Evans: [almost shouting] A CROOK!
Sylvia Merrill: I know that... but is he a reliable crook?
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Soundtracks

Lisboa Antiga
(uncredited)
Music by Augusto Santos and José Galhardo (uncredited)
Lyrics by 'Raul Portela' (uncredited)
Sung by Anita Guerreiro (uncredited)
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Beautifully filmed romantic crime thriller.
30 January 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Elegant is the only word to describe this wonderful example of 1950s film-making at its best. Art direction is usually one of those obscure technical credits nobody ever bothers about, but in this case the entire movie is a feast for the eyes thanks to clever art direction using subtle shades of blue and brown to reflect the beautiful natural locations in Portugal. Almost every frame is a painting in its own right and the movie is worth watching just for its sumptuous looks alone.

Against this delightful visual backdrop, a complex double/triple-cross crime story is allowed to unfold at a leisurely pace as the viewer is gradually let in on the intricacies of the plot. Characters and motives also develop with the story and by its conclusion little is what it first seemed. Claude Rains, Maureen O'Hara and Ray Milland (who was also director and associate producer) are each excellent in their roles. Claude Rains in particular as a raffishly handsome crime boss with impeccable breeding is both lovable and chilling. Ray Milland has all the women falling at his feet, and not without reason. Maureen O'Hara is alternately tough and romantic as we see her character gradually revealed.

Movie buffs might even see some tongue in cheek allusions to the plot of Casablanca, particularly in the final scene, as this cleverly crafted story unfolds. There's certainly something to please everyone. I'm a person who rarely enjoys movies made in the 1950s because of the stifling social values of the era, but for me Lisbon has been a revelation of the artistic heights which could be achieved in that era when the movie makers stopped trying to preach political and social values and just did what they were good at.


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