One Night in Lisbon

One Night in Lisbon is a 1941 American thriller film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll and Patricia Morison. It was based on a British play by John Van Druten. It was one of a cycle of pro-British films produced in Hollywood[1] before the United States' entry into the war in December 1941.

One Night in Lisbon
Directed byEdward H. Griffith
Produced byEdward H. Griffith
Written byVirginia Van Upp
Based onThere's Always Juliet by John Van Druten
StarringFred MacMurray
Madeleine Carroll
Patricia Morison
John Loder
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyBert Glennon
Edited byEda Warren
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
June 13, 1941
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Dwight Houston (Fred MacMurray), an American pilot from Texas pilot, meets a British aristocrat in London amid bombing, and gets caught up in a Nazi spy plot in Portugal. At first Houston is critical of Britain, due to what he perceives to be a condescending attitude on the part of Leonora Perrycaote (Madeleine Carroll); however, he soon realizes in fact that as American he has much in common with them, and that their fight is his fight, remarking poignantly that "It's funny about England and the way Americans feel about you. It's sort of like being related in a way. You know the way you feel about relatives. They do a lot of things that irritate you, but when it comes right down to it, you are related. You have the same ideas, speak the same language and have the same plans for the future," and he realizes that he "shares with them a common history, heritage, language and political ideology"[2]

Cast

References

  1. Dick p.94-95
  2. Glancy, H. Mark. When Hollywood Loved Britain: The Hollywood 'British' Film 1939-1945. Manchester University Press, 1999. pg. 111

Bibliography

  • Dick, Bernard F. The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film. University Press of Kentucky, 1996.
  • Glancy, H. Mark. When Hollywood Loved Britain: The Hollywood 'British' Film 1939-1945. Manchester University Press, 1999.
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