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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 ...
Tio Rabio
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

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Capt. Evans tells Mrs. Merrill that the Seteais Palace is Pena Palace, two distinct palaces in the region of Sintra. The Seteais Palace became an hotel since the early 21st century, and it overlooks the Pena Palace. 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 Antigua
Music by Raúl Portela
English Lyrics by Harry Dupree
Sung by Robie Lester (as Roby Charmandy)
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Mediocre drama but with attractive Lisbon locations
30 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland was not a great director, as this effort shows. This colour film shows much of Lisbon and the surrounding area in the mid-1950s, which is welcome. There are several excellent performances. Claude Rains is magnificent as usual as a devious and urbane crook, Francis (originally Franz) Lederer is superb as his henchman and assassin, underplaying and thereby increasing the menace of his character (which in the script cannot have amounted to much). Yvonne Furneaux is a charming ingenue who tries very hard indeed to be convincing about throwing herself into the arms of an aged Ray Milland and telling him she loves him. Maureen O'Hara flashes her usual Irish fire, but she also has to tell Milland she loves him, and two beautiful gals throwing themselves at Milland in competition is really too much to take, since he looks like he needs a month's rest in a sanatorium rather than a heady romance. Milland always had great 'watchability' and he still retains some in this film. This film has a very weak script and absolutely atrocious cinematography by Jack Marta, who seems only to use about two lights in his interiors. A friend who worked with Ray Milland once told me that Milland was the meanest man with money he had ever known, and he would always try to share taxis with poor actors and then pretend he had forgotten his money and make them pay. (That is why everyone tried to avoid sharing cabs with Milland.) Perhaps Milland, who co-produced this venture, was too mean to pay Marta to have proper lights! The interior shadows and lighting are simply unimaginably awful.There is an equally atrocious score by Nelson Riddle. Somebody should have taken a whip and beaten Milland back into his box. He had no business producing and directing. There is a fine authentic song performed by Anita Guerreiro in this film, who gives us a few moments of real music. Milland obviously loved Portugal, and we can be grateful for his enthusiasm in showing some of it to us as it was then. If only the film had come up to a higher standard, we would be able to say on our postcards: 'Having a wonderful viewing, wish you were here!'


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