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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

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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'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 »

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

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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Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played in the German Legation
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Another wartime film from Warner Brothers
12 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

You know that Warner Brothers - once they have their hands on a hot property, they slice it, dice it, and put it in the Mixmaster. Just look at the three versions of "The Maltese Falcon." Now it's wartime, and that hot property is, of course "Casablanca." In "The Conspirators," part of that magnificent cast is reunited - Paul Henried, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre - in this story of a Dutch freedom fighter, Vincent Van der Lyn, in neutral Lisbon and having trouble figuring out who wants to help him and who wants to hurt him. The suspects are Greenstreet, the head of a resistance group, Lorre, one of its members, and the exquisite Hedy Lamarr, married to a Nazi official.

The story is harder to follow and ultimately, the film is not as good as "Joan of Paris," another World War II film starring Henried, but it still has great atmosphere and is fairly intriguing. There just isn't enough of Greenstreet or Lorre, one of the great screen teams. Paul Henried, a very useful actor during World War II while the stars were away, does a good job as Van der Lyn. Lamarr is positively outrageously beautiful - no, she's not much of an actress - it's a face made for the closeup, and one can just look at her forever. What she brings is a certain enigmatic quality, probably by default, but who cares.

If this pops up on TCM, you won't be sorry you saw it, but you won't be swept away either.


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