The Conspirators

Overview

This Casablanca-esque spy thriller set during WWII centers on the exploits of the notorious "Flying Dutchman," a fugitive resistance leader from Holland who heads for Lisbon where he hooks up with other members of the underground. One of them is a beautiful young woman, and none of the others trust her because she is married to an important German official. For the resistance leader, real trouble comes when he is framed for the murder of a fellow agent. Still he escapes from prison and hides out with his other ...
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Overview

This Casablanca-esque spy thriller set during WWII centers on the exploits of the notorious "Flying Dutchman," a fugitive resistance leader from Holland who heads for Lisbon where he hooks up with other members of the underground. One of them is a beautiful young woman, and none of the others trust her because she is married to an important German official. For the resistance leader, real trouble comes when he is framed for the murder of a fellow agent. Still he escapes from prison and hides out with his other colleague while he works to prove that he is innocent and carry out a major secret mission for the resistance.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Clearly intended as a Casablanca rip-off, The Conspirators is a moderately entertaining spy thriller that is in no way in the same league as its predecessor. The plot is intricate, perhaps even convoluted, but the intricacy will be a plus for those willing to stick with it. The dialogue is uneven, but some of it has flair and the air of uncertainty concerning the motives of several characters is well done and effective. Jean Negulescu's direction is also uneven, perhaps reflecting the fact that he was forced to deal with frequent on-set changes in the screenplay which may have prevented him from having a firm handle on where the film was going. Negulescu is probably at his best in the final sequence, when the various strands come together and he's able to concentrate on suspense and tension. He would have had an easier time with a more capable leading duo. Hedy Lamarr is a wonder to behold visually, stunning in practically every frame. Her acting ability, however, does not match her visual allure, and she's especially out of her depth in Conspirators. Paul Henreid is better, but he's also limited as an actor, much better in a supporting role. The chemistry between the two is nonexistent. Fortunately, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are on hand to provide a couple of delicious supporting performances. Also a decided asset are the handsome sets and costumes, and Max Steiner's score is greatly appreciated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • UPC: 883316574874
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,072

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Irene
Paul Henreid Vincent Van Der Lyn
Sydney Greenstreet Ricardo Quintanilla
Peter Lorre Bernazsky
Victor Francen Von Mohr
Joseph Calleia Capt. Pereira
Carol Thurston Rosa
Vladimir Sokoloff Miguel
Eduardo Ciannelli Almeida
Steven Geray Dr. Schmitt
Kurt Katch Lutzke
Gregory Gaye Wynat
Marcel Dalio Croupier
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Benson
Louis Mercier Leiris
Monte Blue Jennings
Billy Roy Page Boy
David Hoffman Antonio
Otto Reichow The Slugger
Leon Belasco Waiter
Frank Reicher Casino Attendant
George Macready The Con Man
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Jack Chertok Producer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Rudi Fehr Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
James Leicester Special Effects
William McGann Special Effects
Jack Moffitt Screenwriter
Vladimir Pozner Screenwriter
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Rosten Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Perc Westmore Makeup
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