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The Face Behind the Mask (1941)

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A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

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Complete credited cast:
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Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
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Helen Williams
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Lt. James 'Jim' O'Hara
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Dinky
John Tyrrell ...
Watts
Cy Schindell ...
Benson (as Al Seymour)
Stanley Brown ...
Harry
James Seay ...
Jeff Jeffries
Warren Ashe ...
Johnson, Reporter
Charles C. Wilson ...
Chief O'Brien (as Charles Wilson)
George McKay ...
Terry Finnegan
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Janos Szaby is a kind, innocent immigrant to America. Just after he arrives though, he is caught in a fire and his face is horribly burned and disfigured. Although a skilled craftsman his hideous features make it impossible for him to get work, and driven by despair he is forced to turn to crime to live. He finds himself very proficient at that, and soon makes enough money to buy a very lifelike mask to hide his scars behind. He hates what he does, but is he in too deep to get out? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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16 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gesicht hinter der Maske  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shooting lasted from Nov. 6-26, 1940, released January 16, 1941. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Freaks (1996) See more »

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A good film, theoretically
24 July 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most solid examples of early noir, with a tight, compelling story, nice performances and a pleasingly unornamented look. It's also a hideously grim story, and Peter Lorre appears uncomfortable in a constrictive role that requires him to be systematically broken, humiliated and stripped of his humanity. For this characteristically jovial performer, it's as unpleasant to watch as it was for him to play out.


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