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The Conspirators (1944)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  24 October 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Ricardo Quintanilla
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Hugo Von Mohr
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Police Captain Pereira
Carol Thurston ...
Rosa
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
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Eduardo Ciannelli ...
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 shares many tangential connection to "Casablanca" besides simply the Nazi spy story. The film features actors 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", this film was produced by Warner Bros. And most interestingly, this film features Hedy Lamarr, who the Ingrid Bergman role in "Casablanca" had originally been written for and who had previously appeared in "Algiers", which was a major inspiration for "Casablanca". See more »

Goofs

When the first conspirator is shot in an alley, a policeman identifies the dead man's gun as "7.63 Luger." Lugers are 7.65 mm; the 7.63 is a Mauser, of a different cartridge length. They don't look alike. See more »

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Jan Bernazsky: A pawn shop is the grave yard of dead hopes.
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Rua do Capelão
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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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