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One Night in Lisbon is a 1941 American film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Fred MacMurray and Madeleine Carroll, with John Loder and Edmund Gwenn in supporting roles. It is about a Texas pilot, Dwight Houston (MacMurray), who courts a British aristocrat, Leonora Perrycoate (Carroll), amid bombing in London and Nazi spies in Portugal.


This film features examples of:

  • Ace Pilot: Dwight is a civilian pilot who flies American-made bombers over to England to help the Allies prior to the U.S. entering the war.
  • Romantic False Lead: Leonora's suitor, Navy Commander Peter Walmsley (John Loder), is clearly "Guy Who Will Be Rejected In Favor of Fred MacMurray."
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!: Dwight is almost oblivious to the war going on, and is too flippant about it to be believed, to the point that the trope could be called here "Screw the War, We're Having a Screwball Comedy!"
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  • Tomboyish Name: Dwight calls Leonora "Steve," after some far-fetched story involving reincarnation.
  • Uptown Girl: He's a Texan pilot, she's a British aristocrat.

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