Dramatic coverage of newsboys rushing to deliver bundles of the newspaper Diario de Lisboa on the day the Americans invaded North Africa. Extensive scenes of movement, newstands, publications, and close-ups of the front pages of papers in Portugal. Some of the newspapers are English-language. LIFE magazine and SIGNAL. INT of a barbershop, where a news vendor distributes copies of the paper to men getting their hair cut.
EXT and INT of the "Havas Agence," precursor to the modern Agence France-Presse. Editor (Mr. Dany) sitting at a telephone with another man (Mr. Audibert) standing beside him. According to the dope sheet, there should also be another man, described as "Mr. Jean Fontenoy, who was sent by Laval and the Germans to supervise the Havas office in Lisbon."
The Radio Marconi offices in Lisbon. Men stand in line at a reception desk, waiting to send cables. In another room, machines receive cables, including one from New York asking the AP for details on Myron Taylor's visit to Lisbon. Transmitting room of a Portuguese radio station. Door reads "The Associated Press Lisbon Bureau". Luiz Lupi, AP correspondent, reading a newspaper and then typing and sending off a cable. Miss Shercliff of the Daily Herald working in her apartment. Close-up of a sign reading "Anglo-American Press Conference..." In a room at the Royal British Club, Allied journalists listen to the release of military information by the British press attache.
Myron Taylor receives the press in Lisbon, where he stopped on his way from Rome to New York. The event takes place in the office of Bert Fish, the United States Minister to Portugal. Fish stands beside Taylor. Taylor attended the Evian Conference in 1938 as the head of the American delegation, and later became FDR's personal representative to the Vatican.
Gil Robles, leader of the Spanish Monarchist Party, with his four sons and his wife in the garden of their home in Portugal. Robles is in exile in Portugal. Brazilian ambassador (not named in the dope sheet) sits in an armchair and reads while his valet brings him coffee. The scene repeats several times.
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