Storm Over Lisbon


1h 18m 1944

Brief Synopsis

Deresco owner of a night club in neutral Portugal, works a free-lance spy for everybody who can afford his price. He tries to get information from US agent John Craig with help from immigrant dancer Maritza, but she falls in love with him. Craig becomes a special "guest" at Deresco's casino, but there you can't be sure of the occupation of everybody, as well as in their political intention...

Film Details

Also Known As
Candle Manor, Candlelights in Lisbon, Inside the Underworld
Release Date
Oct 16, 1944
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 31 Aug 1944; New York opening: 9 Sep 1944
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

In Lisbon during World War II, the mysterious Deresco operates an opulent casino bearing his name, and many of his guests are spies from various countries, all seeking to buy or sell information, or even kill for it. Deresco himself does not care whether the Allies or the Axis nations profit from his espionage activities, as long as he receives the highest possible price. One evening, Deresco interviews famed Czechoslovakian dancer Maritza, who needs his help in obtaining passage to the United States. Deresco, who does not know that Maritza is a counter-spy working undercover to topple his organization, agrees to help her but warns her that she will be completely under his control. That same night, the American Clipper from New York arrives, and pilot Bill Flanagan is contacted by war correspondent and former prisoner of war John Craig, who is desperate to leave Lisbon with a roll of microfilm containing information about Japanese activities in Burma. While Flanagan sends Craig into hiding, Deresco's major domo, Blanco, picks up spy Alexis Vanderlyn, who was also on the Clipper. Vanderlyn believes that he is in Lisbon to help track down Craig and turn him over to the Axis, but actually, Deresco has orders to kill the no-longer useful spy. Vanderlyn pretends to have needed information, and Deresco agrees to let him live in the casino's hotel for the time being. Flanagan then comes to the casino to watch Maritza perform, and when they go out on a date afterward, he inadvertently reveals Craig's hiding place to her. Blanco is following the couple and informs Deresco of Craig's whereabouts, and later, when Maritza returns to Craig's secret cellar to try to gain his trust, she is followed by Deresco and his men, who drug Craig and take him to the prison-like tower at the top of the casino. Believing that Maritza betrayed him, Craig refuses to trust her, but during a flurry of activity in the casino, is able to tell Flanagan where the microfilm is hidden in the cellar. Vanderlyn, knowing that his time is almost up, tries to convince Deresco that he knows the location of the microfilm, but Deresco sees through his bluff and shoots him, then has Blanco throw his body from the tower to the river below. Soon after, Deresco's secretary Evelyn, who is jealous of Deresco's attentions to the lovely Maritza, helps Maritza and Craig escape from the casino. When they return to the cellar to retrieve Craig's microfilm, however, they are followed by the thugs and Deresco, who were told about the fleeing couple by Evelyn. Deresco finds the microfilm, but Maritza's compatriots arrive in time to capture the master spy and his minions. Later, at the airport, Maritza bids farewell to Flanagan and Craig, who are going to Washington, D.C. with the microfilm. Flanagan asks Maritza to accompany them, but she insists that she must remain in Europe to help the Allies, and Craig sadly agrees that if one is to live dangerously, it must be done alone.

Film Details

Also Known As
Candle Manor, Candlelights in Lisbon, Inside the Underworld
Release Date
Oct 16, 1944
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 31 Aug 1944; New York opening: 9 Sep 1944
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Candle Manor and Candlelights in Lisbon. Some contemporary sources credit Walter Scharf with the film's musical score, but according to a August 29, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, the inclusion of Scharf in Hollywood Reporter's review of the picture was the result of "an error in the studio's credit department." An amended studio billing sheet, contained in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, indicates that Republic removed Scharf's name from the picture's onscreen credits in late August 1944, prior to the release date. A December 30, 1943 version of the picture's screenplay was rejected by the PCA "because of the suicide of Deresco-so escaping justice-and because of the suggestion of a sex affair between Bill and Maritza." In the finished film, Deresco does not commit suicide and is instead apprehended by authorities, and there is no intimation of an affair between "Bill" and "Maritza." In 1950, the film was re-edited and re-released as Inside the Underworld.