4.9/10
81
11 user 4 critic

Behind the Mask (1946)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 May 1946 (USA)
Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders, disappearances, jewels that aren't ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Rosen, William Beaudine
Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, Tom Dugan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A jade statue, the "missing lady", is stolen and its owner killed. Lamont Cranston, alias the Shadow, sets out to catch the killer but is blamed for the murders himself as each time he ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Shores
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson
The Shadow (1940)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Shadow battles a villain known as The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death ray.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow, investigates the murder of a New Orleans bandleader.

Directors: James Wong Howe, Ben Parker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Richard Derr, Mark Daniels, Helen Westcott
Gunman's Walk (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter
Dark Alibi (1946)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter
Scandal Sheet (1952)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford
Key Witness (1960)
Drama | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Pat Crowley, Dennis Hopper
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Barbara Read ...
Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
George Chandler ...
Dorothea Kent ...
Joseph Crehan ...
Pierre Watkin ...
...
June Clyde ...
Edith Merrill
James Cardwell ...
Jeff Mann
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Mae Bishop
...
Lulu
Edward Gargan ...
Detective Dixon
Lou Crosby ...
Marty Greene
Bill Christy ...
Copy Boy
Nancy Brinckman ...
Susan
Edit

Storyline

Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont tries to discover his identity, but he is continually hampered from gaining crucial evidence by his jealous, interfering fiancée Margo Lane. Cranston perseveres and is rewarded with the clue he needs at one of Mann's victims' nightclubs. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Behind the Mask  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Phil Karlson replaced William Beaudine. See more »

Connections

Follows The Shadow Returns (1946) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This isn't The Shadow
9 October 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Shadow is one of the great pre-comic book heroes of the 1930s, so you'd think that this film would be a lot more fun than it is. The problem is that the film-makers didn't seem much interested in making a Shadow film ... what we have here is a not very good detective movie with lots of ill-considered "humorous" scenes.

Not even a curiosity, this is not for Shadow fans. Take a look at the 1940 chapter serial with Victor Jory. Much closer to the original Shadow concept. Though there's still loads of potential for someone to make the definitive screen adaptation of The Shadow ... 'cos Russell Mulcahy's 1994 effort wasn't it either ...


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Behind the Mask (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?