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The Conspirators (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 24 October 1944 (USA)
Vincent Van Der Lyn, a Dutch freedom fighter in WWII, is forced to neutral Lisbon to escape the Nazis. There he meets a small band of underground conspirators. The group's leader, Ricardo ... See full summary »

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Irene Von Mohr
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Vincent Van Der Lyn
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Ricardo Quintanilla
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Jan Bernazsky
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Hugo Von Mohr
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Rosa
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Miguel
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Police Colonel Almeida (as Edward Ciannelli)
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Dr. Schmitt
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Otto Lutzke
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Vincent Van Der Lyn, a Dutch freedom fighter in WWII, is forced to neutral Lisbon to escape the Nazis. There he meets a small band of underground conspirators. The group's leader, Ricardo Quintanilla, knows that one of their number is spying for the Nazis, and needs Van Der Lyn to help identify the traitor. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Trivia

Don Siegel was to have made his directorial debut with this film, but after a spat with Warner Bros. chief Jack L. Warner, he was "demoted" to assistant director and Jean Negulesco was assigned as director. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie a neon sign for 'Cafe Imperio' is seen in the mirror as a waitress fixes her hair. Despite being a mirrored reflection the sign is (assumed purposely) not reversed. See more »

Quotes

Jan Bernazsky: A pawn shop is the grave yard of dead hopes.
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Referenced in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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Hedy Lamarr is a beautiful but boring enigma as a woman of mystery...
11 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

All the ingredients that made CASABLANCA such a mega-hit are present in THE CONSPIRATORS, but not one of the ingredients is able to put the film over the top as a story of intrigue, espionage and romance.

What's surprising is that the film fails to sustain interest despite a great supporting cast that includes PETER LORRE, SYDNEY GREENSTREET and VICTOR FRANCEN. Also surprising is the fact that it's directed by Jean Negulesco, who did such a brilliant job on the direction of JOHNNY BELINDA. The script is a talky, muddled bit of contrivances and clichés, with Henried as a Dutch freedom fighter in Lisbon clashing with the Nazis and falling under the spell of a beautiful woman who guards her secrets.

HEDY LAMARR is lovely, of course, but her characterization is so paper-thin that all we can really see is her exotic glamor, without much passion or feeling below the make-up. Nor is PAUL HENRIED seen at his best, more remote than usual in what should have been a much stronger role but is dulled by a witless script and a co-star with whom he has very little chemistry.

The convoluted plot doesn't give the supporting actors much to do and it's somewhat of a relief when the story comes to downbeat ending.


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