When his doctor tells him that he could die at any moment, the wealthy Jason Foster gathers his heirs including his daughter Emily Harper, her husband Wilfred and their children Paula and Wilfrid Jr. Jason doesn't think much of any of them and it's clear they can't wait to get their hands on his fortune. It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans and he has one last request - for each of them to wear a carnival mask. Each of the masks is meant to reflect some aspect of their personality - and leave a lasting impression on them. Written by
'You are the four most changeless people on this earth'.
With a mardis gras taking place outside, four characters spend the evening 'concerned' for the family's rich dying patriarch.
'The Masks' is about four types all united by blood and selfishness. The very talented and versatile character actress Virginia Gregg (one of the actresses to provide the voice of Norman Bates's mother in 'Psycho') plays the hypochondriac Emily and restrains from making her anything but a type to suit the script. Paula (Brooke Hayward) is beautiful and shallow, epitomizing vanity. Rod Serling's slick witticisms are endowed on the dying old Jason Foster (Robert Keith), a man with a supernatural plan for his four heirs on his last night on earth.
Not one of the most pleasant Zones but if you haven't seen it there's much cynicism and dark humour to be enjoyed. Especially for those of you who dislike greedy, vain, or just plain selfish people.
Ida Lupino directed this, one of the last Zones, having played the faded star of one of the first, 'The Sixteen Millimetre Shrine'.
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