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Death Mask (1984)

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Haunted by the drowning death of his own daughter, a police investigator embarks on an obsessive 10-year hunt for the identity of a dead boy, to the detriment of his family life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Andrews
Jane Andrews
John McCurry ...
Dr. Robert Riordan
Suzy Andrews
Beatrice VandenBerg
Capt. Mike Grasso
John Calonius ...
Dr. Dave Kimball
Veronica Hart ...
Victoria Howe
Erica Katz ...
Young Suzy
Danielle Baum ...
Jennifer Andrews
Lazio Szathmary
Lisa Cain ...
Maria Szathmary
Bill Anagnos ...
Police Officer #1
Police Officer #2


Haunted by the drowning death of his own daughter, a police investigator embarks on an obsessive 10-year hunt for the identity of a dead boy, to the detriment of his family life. Written by Michael Schwartz <>

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This film is based on a true case in Philadelphia of a boy found dead in 1957. The boy's body, bruised and naked, was found in a cardboard box in a patch of woods off a dirt road on the city's outskirts in February 1957. He was a symbol of child abuse at its worst. To this day, he has no name. See more »


The wall clock in the morgue. See more »


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Well Done Film, Based on A True Case
1 January 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Farley Granger stars in this 1984 film, as a Medical Examiner who becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of a young boy who was found dead, without identification. Because his own child had died at a young age, the Granger character becomes completely fixated on discovering the boy's identity, at great personal cost.

This film is in fact based on a true incident that occurred in Philadelphia in 1957. I have included an exceprt of a 1/1/07 article on the case from the NY Times in the IMDb Message board for this film. The parallels with the real case and this film are quite striking.

I strongly recommend this film, and then reading up on the true case that inspired it.

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