The Conspirators (1944)

100 or 103 mins | Drama | 21 October 1944

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Producer:

Jack Chertok

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Rudi Fehr

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Give Me This Woman . Author Frederic Prokosch's first name is spelled "Fredric" in the onscreen credits. HR news items add the following information about this production: Jack Chertok took over as producer from Hal B. Wallis when the latter ended his contract with the studio. Warner Bros. requested that David O. Selznick loan Joan Fontaine to the studio to perform in the picture. A 14 Oct 1943 LAT news item reported that Frank Gruber was writing the screenplay. According to the film's press releases, Helmut Dantine, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the picture, which was first advertised as a Casablanca "reunion" (see above). Hedy Lamarr was borrowed from M-G-M for the ... More Less

The film's working title was Give Me This Woman . Author Frederic Prokosch's first name is spelled "Fredric" in the onscreen credits. HR news items add the following information about this production: Jack Chertok took over as producer from Hal B. Wallis when the latter ended his contract with the studio. Warner Bros. requested that David O. Selznick loan Joan Fontaine to the studio to perform in the picture. A 14 Oct 1943 LAT news item reported that Frank Gruber was writing the screenplay. According to the film's press releases, Helmut Dantine, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the picture, which was first advertised as a Casablanca "reunion" (see above). Hedy Lamarr was borrowed from M-G-M for the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Oct 1944.
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Daily Variety
13 Oct 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 44
p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
14 Oct 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Apr 44
p. 1850.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Oct 44
p. 2137.
New York Times
21 Oct 44
p. 15.
Variety
18 Oct 44
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Phil Van Zandt
Oscar Loraine
Alphonse Martel
Paul de Corday
Saul Gorss
Charles Haefli
Antone Northpole
Curt Furberg
Sid D'Albrook
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Matte paintings
Props
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Dial coach for Hedy Lamarr
Tech adv
Best boy
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Conspirators by Frederic Prokosch (New York, 1943).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Give Me This Woman
Release Date:
21 October 1944
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Bridgeport (CT): 11 October 1944
Production Date:
late April--mid May 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 October 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12916
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100 or 103
Length(in feet):
9,107
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10053
SYNOPSIS

After committing an act of sabotage against the Nazis, Vincent Van Der Lyn escapes from the Netherlands to neutral Portugal. At the border, Lisbon police captain Pereira questions Vincent about his activities and warns him to honor the country's neutrality. During the questioning, Lutzke, a German, notices that Vincent's passport was not stamped by the Vichy French border patrol and follows Vincent to a café. Outside the café, a man named Du Val is shot, and Irene Duchatel, who was just speaking with him, rushes inside and sits at Vincent's table to escape the police. Vincent is attracted to the beautiful Irene and buys her a drink, but a short time later, she pretends to make a phone call and slips out the back door. Determined to find her again, Vincent goes to a casino she had mentioned in passing. At first Irene denies that they have met before, then she warns Vincent not to contact her again. Later, Irene is joined by Hugo Von Mohr, an official in the German embassy, and Lutzke, and Vincent contacts Riccardo Quintanilla, the head of the resistance movement in Lisbon. Du Val's death has upset the group as he was supposed to brief Jennings, the man who is to replace Vincent in the Netherlands. Quintanilla informs Vincent that the death also means there is a traitor in the organization. Vincent offers to meet with Jennings the following evening. In the morning, Vincent meets Irene, having learned where she lives, and takes her for a drive in the country. When he tells her that he has fallen in love with her and asks her ... +


After committing an act of sabotage against the Nazis, Vincent Van Der Lyn escapes from the Netherlands to neutral Portugal. At the border, Lisbon police captain Pereira questions Vincent about his activities and warns him to honor the country's neutrality. During the questioning, Lutzke, a German, notices that Vincent's passport was not stamped by the Vichy French border patrol and follows Vincent to a café. Outside the café, a man named Du Val is shot, and Irene Duchatel, who was just speaking with him, rushes inside and sits at Vincent's table to escape the police. Vincent is attracted to the beautiful Irene and buys her a drink, but a short time later, she pretends to make a phone call and slips out the back door. Determined to find her again, Vincent goes to a casino she had mentioned in passing. At first Irene denies that they have met before, then she warns Vincent not to contact her again. Later, Irene is joined by Hugo Von Mohr, an official in the German embassy, and Lutzke, and Vincent contacts Riccardo Quintanilla, the head of the resistance movement in Lisbon. Du Val's death has upset the group as he was supposed to brief Jennings, the man who is to replace Vincent in the Netherlands. Quintanilla informs Vincent that the death also means there is a traitor in the organization. Vincent offers to meet with Jennings the following evening. In the morning, Vincent meets Irene, having learned where she lives, and takes her for a drive in the country. When he tells her that he has fallen in love with her and asks her to join him in England, she explains that Hugo saved her from a concentration camp and that he is her husband. On returning to his hotel, Vincent finds a badly wounded Jennings in his room. Before Jennings dies, he manages to tell Vincent that his killer "took the eagle." Within minutes, the police arrive, having received an anonymous tip, and arrest Vincent for Jennings' murder. When Irene learns of the arrest, she tries to give Vincent an alibi, but Vincent accuses her of setting a trap for him. Later, Vincent escapes from jail and hides in the home of a fisherman sympathetic to the resistance. Quintanilla dispatches Irene to bring Vincent a gun. She explains that she is also a member of the underground, as is Hugo, and conducts him to Quintanilla. There, Vincent proves his innocence when he delivers Jennings' message about the eagle. Secretly, Vincent and Quintanilla set a trap for the traitor, who is revealed to be Hugo. When Hugo tries to escape, Vincent kills him and finds the "eagle," a coin used for identification by the resistance, in his pocket. Pereira witnesses the killing, but allows Vincent to go free. Vincent agrees to take Jennings' place and return to the Netherlands, and Irene promises to wait for his return. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
World War II, Espionage


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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