High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal.


(as R. Milland)


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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Robert John Evans
Sylvia Merrill
Aristides Mavros
Maria Maddalena Masanet
Percy Marmont ...
Lloyd Merrill
Insp. Joao Casimiro Fonseca
Edward Chapman ...
Edgar Selwyn
Harold Jamieson ...
Philip Norworth
Humberto Madeira ...
Tio Rabio


High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal.

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Release Date:

17 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lisboa  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nelson Riddle's instrumental recording of "Lisbon Antigua" (an ancient Portuguese melody) was already on the Hit Charts before this film was made. Republic publicity sent out a story that "Director/Producer Ray Milland took a recording of the music with him and had a Portuguese orchestra adapt it for a sequence in the picture". See more »


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 »


Maria Maddalena Masanet: [reading aloud an excerpt from Lord Byron's "Don Juan", Canto I, Stanza 83, to Aristides Mavros] But who, alas! can love, and then be wise? / Not that remorse did not oppose temptation; / A little still she strove, and much repented / And whispering 'I will ne'er consent' - consented.
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Lisboa Antigua
Music by Raúl Portela
English Lyrics by Harry Dupree
Sung by Robie Lester (as Roby Charmandy)
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Oh dear, whatever were they thinking ?
5 September 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Great actors, great scenery, great filming - but oh, so dreary - this is one for the insomniacs amongst us. I never did get to see the end of the movie, about half way had me in the land of nod without any desire to find out what happened, that is if indeed, anything at all happened.

Claude Rains looked glassy eyed and appeared that he was wishing he was elsewhere. The whole thing would have been better off as a travelogue with the actors posing for the different scenes.

This movie is slow ........ Torturously slow! Those having a yen to watch paint dry will find that this fits well with their desire.

1/10 - and that's for the scenery.

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