Lisbon makes a colorful setting for this tale [by Martin Rackin] of nefarious adventure among the international intrigue set. Republic’s anamorphic Naturama process and Trucolor go a long way towards visual impressiveness.
Ray Milland stars, produces and directs. As a smooth, romantically-inclined American amusing himself with smuggling operations, his trouping comes off very well. As a production, the picture could have used a little sharper overseeing of story material, particularly the opening sequence in which sadistic Aristides Mavros (Claude Rains), international crook, smashes a song bird with a tennis racket so his hungry cat can have his breakfast.
Maureen O’Hara advantageously plays Sylvia, the young wife of a rich, old man who has been prisoner behind the Iron Curtain for two years. She wants him back, but dead so she can claim his fortune, and Mavros is the big operator who arranges the details, including hiring Evans (Milland) and his boat for the pickup. Yvonne Furneaux plays a very interesting young lady who is one of the beauties Mavros keeps around to satisfy his esthetic tastes. The starring foursome are quite glib and pleasing in the principal roles.