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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 »

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Barbara Read ...
Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
George Chandler ...
Dorothea Kent ...
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Pierre Watkin ...
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June Clyde ...
Edith Merrill
James Cardwell ...
Jeff Mann
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Mae Bishop
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Edward Gargan ...
Detective Dixon
Lou Crosby ...
Marty Greene
Bill Christy ...
Copy Boy
Nancy Brinckman ...
Susan
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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>

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25 May 1946 (USA)  »

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The Shadow Behind the Mask  »

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Monogram Pictures production number 4601. See more »

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Followed by The Missing Lady (1946) See more »

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Not bad. In fact very good.
3 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An early B comedy by Phil Karlson this was a nice surprise with a stone cold open on an odious blackmailer making his rounds. Ooops! It's a crusading reporter shaking down his list of suckers. The opening scene has him slapping a "sucker", who kinda likes it, and then relieving her of the stiletto she was about to slide into his back. So there's no shortage of suspects.

Kane Richmond is solid as Lamont/Shadow with a Jack Carson-like presence, albeit on a B level. The rest of the cast has a few familiar faces. Condolences to others who also peg the killer. It's a formulaic cliché that has been done to death but I actually liked that I could finger the culprit at first siting.

Lots of inappropriate humor, S&M is a strong undercurrent with a comical cross dressing sequence thrown in, this movie begins and ends with slaps and spankings. If you think this stuff is "corny" because it's period 40s... too bad for you.


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