In 1950s Portugal, American expatriate Captain Robert John Evans does a bit of smuggling using his fast boat. He mostly smuggles consumer goods and contraband such as cigarettes and booze. Lisbon's police inspector, Joao Casimiro Fonseca, is aware of this and often times tries to catch Evans red-handed but to no avail. At the same time, American Sylvia Merrill, wife of industrialist Lloyd Merrill, arrives in Lisbon to arrange the secret release from a Communist prison from behind the Iron Curtain of her husband. She first complains to the State Department about her husband's imprisonment but U.S. officials seem unable to make any progress to obtain his release. Sylvia Merrill contacts big shot criminal, jewel thief and smuggler Aristides Mavros, a Greek living in Lisbon, to negotiate a bribe for Communist officials and have her hubby released from their prisons. Mavros is a man with many useful connections but he's also a scoundrel not to be trusted by anyone. He figures to woo the ...
CITY OF INTRIGUE, MURDER AND EXCITEMENT! (original poster-all caps)
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Mrs. Merryll arrives in Lisbon from TAP's CS-TLC Lockheed Super Constellation, on service for Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) since September 1955. See more
Mrs. Merrill asks Evans about the Fado they're listening to in a tavern of Alfama (Lisbon), "Lisboa Antiga". He answers, "Ancient Lisbon - old Lisbon. A sort of Home, Sweet Home, for Brazilians." In a single sentence, Evans shows his insensitivity for the use of the English language, the disparity of Portuguese and Brazilian national souls, and of this Fado in particular - "Lisboa Antiga" was written in 1937 by Raúl Portela, was used in two movies before this, and was made famous the world over sang by Amália Rodrigues
- a singer Americans would know since she sang for the Mashall Plan programs (1950), her 14 weeks at La Vie en Rose (New York, 1952), and her NBC Eddie Fisher show (1953). Nelson Riddle
took this music to America and orchestrated it for the movie's opening theme - but Evans wouldn't know that. See more
Capt. Robert John Evans
[to Maria, after unexpected kiss
Take it easy catnip! I have a very low boiling point...
Music by Raúl Portela
English Lyrics by Harry Dupree
Sung by Robie Lester
(as Roby Charmandy) See more