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Lisbon (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 17 August 1956 (USA)
High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal. A smuggler is hired to kidnap the rich husband of an American woman who's just arrived in Lisbon, Portugal.

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(as R. Milland)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Capt. Robert John Evans
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Sylvia Merrill
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Aristides Mavros
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Maria Maddalena Masanet
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Seraphim
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Lloyd Merrill
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Insp. Joao Casimiro Fonseca
Edward Chapman ...
Edgar Selwyn
Harold Jamieson ...
Philip Norworth
Humberto Madeira ...
Tio Rabio
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High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal. A smuggler is hired to kidnap the rich husband of an American woman who's just arrived in Lisbon, Portugal.

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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

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 »

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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Claude Rains employs Ray Milland in a scheme to rescue Maureen O'Hara's husband
13 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As genteel as most of this story is on the surface, it is actually very hardboiled and cynical. A generous part of its essence is that of a film noir.

There is one character played by Francis Lederer, the right-hand man of Claude Rains when he requires violence, who is deadly. Rains is a crook with fingers in any pie that makes him money. He's from a family of thieves going back six generations. He's into smuggling but at one point urbanely proposes a murder to Maureen O'Hara. He's very rich and controls everyone in his household, including Yvonne Furnaux, up from poverty. Rains is always polite, but equally firm and without scruples.

When Furneaux, whom Lederer desires, takes a liking to Ray Milland, Lederer takes the initiative and stalks Milland on his own with the intention of killing him. Rains has to reprimand Lederer because he has other plans for Milland.

Milland has a large boat and smuggles, buying perfume cheap in duty free areas and reselling it in Lisbon. Depriving the government of taxes while providing the masses with goods they otherwise could not afford is his rationale. He's basically a straight arrow who likes the game of outwitting the authorities. The local constabulary, Jay Novello, pops in and out in his usually vain attempts to catch either Milland or Rains in the act.

O'Hara has married a much older man for money. He's worth 25 million. He's been kidnapped and she's aiming to use Rains as an intermediary to get him back. Rains learns that Milland is making inroads into his smuggling racket and he employs Milland with a scheme in mind that will eliminate Milland and his competition. Milland is hired to transport O'Hara's husband.

O'Hara and Milland seem to fall in love, although Milland is dallying with the younger Furneaux who has set her sights on Milland. These trysts, under Milland's direction, allow us to see and relish some beautiful sites in Lisbon and visit a night club for local music and song.

Rains dangles before O'Hara the prospect of her fragile husband not making it back in one piece so that she can inherit the huge estate. He brings out the femme fatale in her.

I rate this at 6.5. The cast is fine. The dialog is on the sharp side. All the characters are frank and down to earth. When asked what he thinks of Rains, for example, Milland replies "He's a crook, of course." The photography is splendid. There's plenty of triangular conflict.


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