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The Man Behind the Mask (1936)

 -  Drama  -  24 August 1936 (UK)
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A young couple attend a masked ball before their planned (but secret) elopement. Suddenly everything goes wrong when the young woman is attacked and held hostage by a crazed attacker.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Williams ...
Nick Barclay
Jane Baxter ...
Lady June Slade
Ronald Ward ...
Jimmy Slade
Maurice Schwartz ...
The Master (Paul Melchior)
George Merritt ...
Det. Insp. Mallory
Henry Oscar ...
Interpol Detective ("Voltaire")
Donald Calthrop ...
Dr. Harold E. Walpole
Kitty Kelly ...
Marian Weeks
Wilfrid Caithness ...
Raines - the butler
Peter Gawthorne ...
Lord Slade
Gerald Fielding ...
Reginald Tate ...
Allan Hayden
Moyra Fagan ...
Ivor Barnard ...
Barbara Everest ...
Lady Slade


A young couple attend a masked ball before their planned (but secret) elopement. Suddenly everything goes wrong when the young woman is attacked and held hostage by a crazed attacker. Written by Steve Crook <>

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24 August 1936 (UK)  »

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Behind the Mask  »

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The only available prints of this film are taken from an edited (by about 20 minutes) post-WWII British retitled reissue print, which are available on video and television. No prints of the complete, original version are known to exist. Please check your attic. See more »

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a mystery in more than one sense
19 February 2007 | by (london) – See all my reviews

i suppose that that the majority of quota quickies were crime films because this limited the size of the cast and the number of sets required.This is a mystery drama with a difference.Not only is the story a mystery drama the actual film is a mystery as it is totally unfathomable.At the beginning of the film Hugh Williams is attacked so that someone can use his costume for a masked ball.Why the thief didn't hire his own costume is not explained.At the ball a shield is stolen and Jane Baxter is abducted.Why she is abducted is never made clear.The shield has been stolen for a mad astronomer who falls out with the crooks.Don't expect me to explain why,and so on.Maybe the original 79 minute version would explain all.Till then we will be kept guessing.

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