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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Irene Von Mohr
... Vincent Van Der Lyn
... Ricardo Quintanilla
... Jan Bernazsky
... Hugo Von Mohr
... Police Captain Pereira
... Rosa
... Miguel
... Police Colonel Almeida (as Edward Ciannelli)
... Dr. Schmitt
... 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

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Monday 6 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Friday 14 September 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Wednesday 3 October 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Miami Sunday 11 November 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Portland OR Wednesday 21 November 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6), in Spokane Sunday 2 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), in Bellingham WA Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Albuquerque Saturday 8 December 1956 on KOB (Channel 4), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 12 December 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12). See more »

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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 »

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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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Maringá
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Joubert de Carvalho
Played on a concertina and guitar by two unidentified men in the fishing village, and sung by them
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Hedy Lamarr is a beautiful but boring enigma as a woman of mystery...
11 January 2008 | by 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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