MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,992 this week

Mask of the Avenger (1951)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 210 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (adaptation), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 922 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 5003 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
a list of 653 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 150 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mask of the Avenger (1951)

Mask of the Avenger (1951) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mask of the Avenger.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hell's Island (1955)
Adventure | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan
Hornets' Nest (1970)
Drama | Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A commando unit is dropped behind the German lines in Italy and its mission is to blow up a strategic dam. However, the unit is ambushed and only its leader survives. He is picked up by a ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino
Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni
Lorna Doone (1951)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An immigrant Nevada rancher brings a woman from Italy to be his second wife but when he neglects her, she becomes involved with his trusted assistant. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Anthony Franciosa
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster
Blowing Wild (1953)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch Peterson have invested all their savings in a lease contract to explore oil. However, their expectation ruins ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Peter Mark Richman
Champion (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell
California (1947)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, 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 Rno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith
Seminole (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A calvary Lt. on trial for murder, recounts his efforts make peace with the Siminole Indian tribe, under an evil major.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Hale, Anthony Quinn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Capt. Renato Dimorna
...
Viovanni Larocca
Jody Lawrance ...
Maria d'Orsini
Arnold Moss ...
Colardi
Eugene Iglesias ...
Rollo D'Anterras
Dickie LeRoy ...
Jacopo
Harry Cording ...
Zio d'Orsini
...
Signor Donner
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer von Casamare  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
MASK OF THE AVENGER (Phil Karlson, 1951) **1/2
30 March 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Judging from the vintage of this swashbuckler, the Hollywood studio which produced it (Columbia), the two leads that star in it (John Derek and Anthony Quinn) and its director, I was negatively surprised by quite a few things in hindsight: it only received a measly ** rating on Leonard Maltin's Film Guide, is not mentioned at all on Leslie Halliwell's and the few reviews I read linked via IMDb were also equally dismissive; for a movie from this genre, it was one humourless ride with a glum hero and a dreary villain (awkwardly named Viovanni!!); having just watched both THE SWORD OF MONTE CRISTO (released a few months prior to this by Twentieth Century Fox) and the rare 1935 RKO version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, I was struck by how awfully similar it was to the former in plot and to the latter in its music ("The Musketeers' Song" is recognizably riffed on for the main theme here)!! Although the original Count of Monte Cristo does have a tenuous bearing on the narrative, it is never explained how he came to settle in the Italian seaside community of Casamare and eventually bequeath his famed sword (yet again!) to the townspeople and to whom they erected a statue riding a horse(!) in return; similarly, had this likewise emanated from RKO, it would have made sense (sort of) for composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to pilfer Max Steiner's original score…but, as I said earlier, this came from the "Torch Lady" studio! For what it is worth, the similarly-titled exotic adventure MARK OF THE RENEGADE released that same year was an unrelated but somewhat superior excursion for Ricardo Montalban…

Anyway, I do not want to give the wrong impression that this is a worthless addition to the stables of costumed adventures or "Monte Cristo" offshoots. Indeed, the fact that it was shot in Technicolor makes it a pictorially pleasing period piece, there are the expected plethora of treacherous intrigue, wrongful imprisonment and heroic impersonations that will ultimately be resolved in night-time horse chases and clumsy swordfights; having said that, the TCM-sourced print was sometimes too dark to fully appreciate them (again, I was surprised to find no official home video release of it so far)! For all its namedropping of the wealthy count, the clear template (apart from the aforementioned SWORD) was apparently Zorro since returning soldier Derek, finding his father branded a traitor and a suicide, feigns injury (after being beaten up by the angry townsfolk) and spends most of the time – in the lion's den, as it were – as a houseguest of decorated military leader Quinn's reading and playing chess! In the meantime, both Derek and his childhood sweetheart Jody Lawrance (on whom Quinn, needless to say, has his own romantic designs) roam the countryside writing wrongs and pinning poorly-rhyming accusatory messages around town! Quinn's acolytes include wily adviser Arnold Moss (who gets his comeuppance from his own increasingly impatient boss when caught going over his secret documents) and fraidy-cat art dealer Ian Wolfe (who is also the courier of coded messages from and to the Austrian invaders); on the side of Good, aiding the two alternating masked riders (dubbed "The Ghost of Monte Cristo" – with Derek effecting a ludicrous 'foreign' accent to hide his identity…almost 55 years before Christian Bale would adopt a gruff voice when Bruce Wayne dons the Batman costume!) are the girl's fencing master uncle (named simply "Zio"!), an orphaned student of the latter's and a street-smart brat. Two final bits of trivia concern the leading man: almost four decades later, Derek would pair Quinn with his star/wife Bo Derek in his own directorial swan-song GHOSTS CAN'T DO IT (1989); I currently have another three costumers of his in my unwatched pile…including two "made in Italy"!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mask of the Avenger (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?