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The Face Behind the Mask (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 January 1941 (USA)
A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

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Complete credited cast:
... Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
... Helen Williams
... Lt. James 'Jim' O'Hara
... Dinky
... Watts
... Benson (as Al Seymour)
... Harry
... Jeff Jeffries
Warren Ashe ... Johnson, Reporter
... Chief O'Brien (as Charles Wilson)
George McKay ... Terry Finnegan
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Janos Szaby is a kind, innocent immigrant to America. Just after he arrives though, he is caught in a fire and his face is horribly burned and disfigured. Although a skilled craftsman his hideous features make it impossible for him to get work, and driven by despair he is forced to turn to crime to live. He finds himself very proficient at that, and soon makes enough money to buy a very lifelike mask to hide his scars behind. He hates what he does, but is he in too deep to get out? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original Shock Theater release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »

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Dinky: What do you get out of bein' dead? Layin' in a grave ain't my idea of life.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Freaks (1996) See more »

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Hard to find crime drama
18 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Saw this at a special showing. Great performance from Peter Lorrie as a sweet immigrant who turns to a life of crime after his face is disfigured in a fire. Director Robert Flory uses a variety of wild film techniques to tell this colorful story. A shame it is not available on video.


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