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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
Victor Francen ...
Hugo Von Mohr
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Police Captain Pereira
Carol Thurston ...
Rosa
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Miguel
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Police Colonel Almeida (as Edward Ciannelli)
Steven Geray ...
Dr. Schmitt
Kurt Katch ...
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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Almas de fuego  »

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Trivia

This film has many tangential connections to Casablanca (1942) besides its plot line of anti-Nazi intrigue. It features Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, who all appeared in "Casablanca". Behind the scenes, the film features music by Max Steiner and cinematography by Arthur Edeson, who both worked on "Casablanca". Like "Casablanca", it was produced by Warner Bros. It also features Hedy Lamarr, who was originally considered for the role of "Ilsa", which was eventually played by Ingrid Bergman. Lamar had also previously appeared in Algiers (1938), which also had a plot line similar to "Casablanca". See more »

Goofs

The two cops in uniform that escort the police detective in the restaurant after the opening murder, are wearing black top hats similar to those worn by English bobbies then, which were never part of the Portuguese police force. Some twenty years later, Portuguese traffic cops would use those top hats, but in white, when directing traffic in busy crossroads. See more »

Quotes

Jan Bernazsky: A pawn shop is the grave yard of dead hopes.
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Rua do Capelão
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Sung by Aurora Miranda
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Casablanca Sequel
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In order to counter the unbelievably negative previous review I shall first disagree with ALL of the "I spy" review.

Jean Negulesco (Humoresque) directs an all-star cast in "The Conspirators", a truly remarkable film, and a MUST SEE!! This film resembles "Casablanca" in that it has much of its feel--the cast, setting (WWII Portugal), romantic music, this film has it all! Strangely enough, this film bears some similarity to Hedy Lamarr's life in Germany before her escape. She worked extensively against the Nazi's. The fact that she was to be cast in Casablanca instead of Ingrid Bergman goes to show that the chemistry between Paul Henreid was definitely strong. Unfortunately, Lamarr was not able to take the role so it was given to Bergman.

Lamarr's enigma-like qualities is trademark of her style and adds to the film's appeal.

Henreid is in his own element here and the man he was hinted at being in Casablanca comes to life.

Sentimentality evidently fails to appeal to everyone. However, I will conclude with stating how much the messages this film carries appeal to me--the love story filled with strife, as well as fighting against all odds whatever the cost.


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