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Behind the Mask (1932)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 25 February 1932 (USA)
An undercover Federal officer serving time in prison fakes his escape in order to infiltrate a heroin smuggling ring.

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A federal agent goes undercover to infiltrate a drug smuggling operation headed by a mysterious Mr. X, a criminal mastermind whose identity is unknown even to his henchmen. Mr. X is also running a bogus hospital where victims are killed on the operating table, and their coffins stuffed with narcotics. The drug-filled coffins are then buried in a cemetery. Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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A Slinking Fiend - Skulking Terror - Mad Murder!


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Secret Service  »

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The version presently in circulation bears a 1936 re-release production code seal of approval #2316-R, modernized title credits, and the newer post-1935 Columbia logo. See more »

Goofs

A dummy, thrown from the airplane by the pilot, instead of the pilot himself, to fool the people in the boat, would not be able to pull the ripcord on the parachute at the right time, to open it up. See more »

Quotes

Jack Hart aka Quinn: [to Hawkes]
[om how he escaped being tossed out of a plane by the bad guys]
Jack Hart aka Quinn: You see, chief, I kinda felt I couldn't afford to drown just yet as I wanted to see a lot more of Miss Arnold.
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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Creepy Columbia Potboiler
22 September 2005 | by (Beltsville, Maryland) – See all my reviews

A macabre mystery with many elements of the supernatural/shudder scientific genres.

Boris Karloff plays a lead henchman in the service of a mysterious Mr. X. His performance does not suggest a red herring role, but he is sinister enough as a grim-faced gangster to keep one's interest throughout the picture. Early on, it seems possible that the sinister Dr. Steiner played by Edward van Sloan may seem to be a more likely candidate for Mr. X., but his performance raises enough doubts to keep the viewer in a constant state of suspense.

A very fine "B" feature for the night owl crowd.

7/10.

Dan Basinger


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