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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 »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Frederic Prokosch (novel) (as Fredric Prokosch), Vladimir Pozner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Irene Von Mohr
Paul Henreid ... Vincent Van Der Lyn
Sydney Greenstreet ... Ricardo Quintanilla
Peter Lorre ... Jan Bernazsky
Victor Francen ... Hugo Von Mohr
Joseph Calleia ... Police Captain Pereira
Carol Thurston ... Rosa
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Miguel
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Police Colonel Almeida (as Edward Ciannelli)
Steven Geray ... Dr. Schmitt
Kurt Katch ... Otto Lutzke
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

24 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les conspirateurs See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Irene Von Mohr: Hugo, you're late. Did something happen?
Hugo Von Mohr: You're always so curious and so beautiful.
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Connections

Referenced in Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played in the German Legation
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7 October 2015 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

OK, if you want Casablanca then watch Casablanca!. I could never completely understand the fuss people make over that film. Yes, I know it has many very good qualities, but some shaky ones as well (alright, perhaps it's time I looked at it again). As for this particular movies attempt to capitalise on the success of the earlier film (Hollywood has always followed the proved formula method - and even more so now) so it might also be said, if this film had come along before Casablanca, it may just have received all the accolades. I'm assuming 'Conspirators' would have been given the bigger budget (it has a more expensive look about it) and as it seems Casablanca was not anticipated to be the hit it turned out, so Warner's would then have hoped to follow up with another winner.

Arthur Edeson's standout Cinematography is mesmerizing. The knockout classic lighting coupled with the great Direction of Jean Negulesco (others have called him insensitive and pedestrian - how unobservant they show themselves to be! best look again is all I can say to them) The strong Max Seiner music score is quite unique to many of his other works ~ with the masterful Orchestrations of veteran arranger Leonid Raab giving the score a potent sound that's perfect for this story. If anything, the post production alterations would have contributed to the movies hard to follow moments and contrivances, but this was typical with many films from this otherwise spot on studio. That said, let's face it, Hedy and Paul do make the most of their exhausted and very scared characters...theirs were strained times to be living through.

Look at it on it's own entertainment merits, the script may have some unevenness and some characters a little familiar, but overall this is not nearly as bad as some might have us believe. Some will, some won't.......KenR


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