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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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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

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

When an aerial map of Lisbon is shown, it does not look at all like it, and resembles an aerial view of the China territory of Macau and Taipa Island, then under Portuguese administration. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Van Der Lyn: Can I have butter, as much butter as I want?
Vincent's Waiter: Certainly sir. What else
Vincent Van Der Lyn: Don't rush me please. I want white bread, lots of butter. Steak, that thick, medium rare. Sauce moyeunaise. Lyonnaise potatoes, green salad. Do you have any Holland cheese?
Vincent's Waiter: Yes senor. Edam and Gouda. Germans sell us lots of it
Vincent Van Der Lyn: Then I won't have it. And for dessert, ah, Crepe Suzette made with good Dutch Curaçao. And coffee, real coffee.
Vincent's Waiter: Will that be all senor?
Vincent Van Der Lyn: I have been planning this dinner for three years.
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Rua do Capelão
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Sung by Aurora Miranda
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I spy
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Jean Negulesco's "The Conspirators" sounded intriguing when the trailer was shown at TCM. It appeared as though it was well worth a look because of the cast alone. Well, it was a big disappointment!

The story is convoluted, it is hardly plausible what the hero, Vincent, is able to pull, let alone, be allowed to enter Lisbon, at the crucial time when he arrives. The character of Irene remains an enigma throughout the film and finally, there is not enough to make this movie enjoyable.

Paul Henried was a lucky man being in Hollywood while a lot of the American stars were away fighting in WWII. In this film he tries, but there's something about his Vincent that doesn't quite make it. Hedy Lamarr's presence in the movie is pretext to present her in different costumes. Henreid and Lamarr had not enough chemistry to make the film, at least, a nice love story.

Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are completely wasted and the rest of the players were not interesting enough to keep the viewer's attention at all times. Instead, one feels bored by the proceedings. At least Vincent and Irene, by the magic of the movies, will always have Lisbon!


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