Lisbon (1956)


“I’ve never met Mr. Avros.” – Sylvia Merrill

“I have and I know nothing about him.” – Capt. Robert John Evans

“What was your impression?” – Sylvia Merrill

“[almost shouting] A CROOK!” – Capt. Robert John Evans:

“I know that… but is he a reliable crook?” – Sylvia Merrill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The captain of a boat is hired to rescue the rich husband of an American woman, but he quite quickly realizes that things are never as clear cut as they may seem.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about beforehand.

The story is filled with lots of thrills along the way that help keep things suspenseful and intriguing throughout.

This is helped by the fact that we never really know which characters can be trusted and must be suspicious of everyone along the way.

The characters are developed really well especially since their motives are never stated clearly which makes them all feel even more complex.

This helps add t the thrilling and suspenseful feeling of things as the story moves along at a great pace.

The cast is superb with ray Milland, Maureen O’Hara and Claude rains who help create such great characters who seem quite realistic along the way.

The dialogue in the film is written really well and allows us to grasp an even better understanding of everything as we try to maneuver through the various twists and turns thrown at us around every corner.

Bottom Line – Very clever thriller that manages to work on numerous levels especially given the fact that we never know who we can truly believe by what they say or do. The characters are all created and developed quite complexly which helps add to the suspense and thrills of it all.   The cast is superb with Millard, O’Hara and Rains all creating quite memorable characters.  The dialogue is written really well and helps us get an even better understanding as to what is truly going on even if there are so many nice twists and turns along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite 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” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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