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The Mask of Diijon (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 March 1946 (USA)
A stage illusionist's comeback attempt results in his humiliation. He plots to revenge himself by hypnotizing people into committing murders for him.

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Diijon (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Tony Holiday
Denise Vernac ...
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Mrs. McGaffey
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Danton
Shimen Ruskin ...
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Antonio Filauri ...
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A magician neglects his career and his wife while he pursues the study of hypnosis. His inattention causes his wife to leave him for a younger man. The magician them begins to use his hypnotic powers to manipulate people and to avenge himself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Because of a faulty identification by a non-professional researcher, some modern sources list Mickey Daniels as the uncredited newsboy. Daniels does not appear in this film. See more »

Quotes

[Diijon has hypnotized Victoria and told her to shoot Tony, her piano player]
Victoria: You'd better play "Hearts and Roses" because I'm going to kill you.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

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White Roses
Written by Carroll K. Cooper and Lee Zahler
Sung by Jeanne Bates
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Rusty magic act gets a new twist
8 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It is rather well known that you cannot force anyone to do anything under hypnosis that they will not be willing to do themselves when of their own free will. Unfortunately that bit of reality which audiences in 1946 knew well that keeps The Mask Of Dijon from becoming a top flight melodrama. The cheapness of a PRC production also doesn't help.

They combine to defeat the incomparable Erich Von Stroheim who is playing a formerly great magician with an insane jealous streak that makes Othello look well adjusted. His Desdemona is Jeanne Bates a nightclub singer who runs into her old accompaniest William Wright who persuades her to come back and take Von Stroheim's rusty magic act as a package deal.

What both don't know is that Von Stroheim has been studying the art of Mesmer and he's going to use that to settle old scores, real and imagined. I can't say much more, but I will agree with another reviewer who did love the ending that Von Stroheim met.

Would that the rest of the film was that good.


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