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The Devil's Mask (1946)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  23 May 1946 (USA)
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A crashed plane that had a shrunken head aboard is the only clue to a mystery involving a secret code.

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Based on the "I Love a Mystery" radio program (where most of the stories were told in serial fashion over several episodes): Searching through the wreckage of a crashed airline, the police find five shrunken human heads, and one of them is a white man with red hair. The head belonged to an explorer, deemed lost on an expedition to South America, and is tagged as a victim of jungle savagery. His daughter thinks otherwise, and suspects foul-play outside the jungle. She hires a team of private detectives to investigate, and points them in the direction of her stepmother and a colleague of her father, who appears to be more than a colleague of the stepmother. The detective, however, also looks in another direction and vocation for the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Second of the three 'I Love a Mystery' thrillers, based on the popular radio series of the same name. See more »

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My wife and I totally hated Janet....
9 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Anita Louise plays Janet--a young lady whose father has disappeared in South America and who may be dead. I say MAY because some shrunken heads were found in the crashed plane--and one of them might be his. Not a terrible start to the film but what follows is very uneven. Some of this B mystery film are quite good (such as the ambiance) but this is all overshadowed by Louise's awful characterization. I am not sure if the problem was due to her acting ability or the director--all I know is that she is often hysterical, whiny and annoying. And, at the end of the film when she is about to be killed and is urged to run, she just stands there!!! Rarely have a seen a film ruined by just one performance, but this is the case with "The Devil's Mask". A decent mystery film marred by uneven writing. No person can be as annoying as Janet and yet have the film be worth your time. A time passer at best.


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