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The Devil's Mask (1946)

Approved | | Crime , Mystery | 23 May 1946 (USA)
A crashed plane that had a shrunken head aboard is the only clue to a mystery involving a secret code.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Carlton E. Morse (based upon the original radio program "I Love a Mystery" written by), Charles O'Neal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Anita Louise ... Janet Mitchell
Jim Bannon ... Jack Packard
Michael Duane ... Rex Kennedy
Mona Barrie ... Louise Mitchell
Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough ... Doc Long
Ludwig Donath ... Dr. Karger
Paul E. Burns ... Leon Hartman
Frank Wilcox ... Prof. Arthur Logan
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Based on the "I Love a Mystery" radio program (where most of the stories were told in serial fashion over several episodes): Searching through the wreckage of a crashed airline, the police find five shrunken human heads, and one of them is a white man with red hair. The head belonged to an explorer, deemed lost on an expedition to South America, and is tagged as a victim of jungle savagery. His daughter thinks otherwise, and suspects foul-play outside the jungle. She hires a team of private detectives to investigate, and points them in the direction of her stepmother and a colleague of her father, who appears to be more than a colleague of the stepmother. The detective, however, also looks in another direction and vocation for the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TRAPPED IN A MAN-MADE JUNGLE! (original ad - all caps)

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1946 (USA) See more »

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The Head See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Second of the three 'I Love a Mystery' thrillers released by Columbia PIctures, based on the popular radio series of the same name that aired on the NBC radio network from 1939 to 1944. See more »

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Followed by The Unknown (1946) See more »

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27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Devil's Mask, The (1946)

* (out of 4)

The title might make it sound like a forgotten horror film but it's actually part of Columbia's "I Love a Mystery" series, which was based on the radio show. A plane crashes without anyone getting killed but the strange thing is a shrunken Indian head, which leads two detectives (Jim Bannon, Barton Yarborough) on a strange case that includes a mysterious woman being stalked by a hired killer. I've been watching a lot of these "B" series this year and this one here is by far the worst film I've seen from any of the series. I'm not sure if others are better but I won't be finding out anytime soon. The two leads are downright horrible and their style of comedy is long past funny and I doubt it was very funny back in 1946. The supporting cast is equally dull as is the screenplay and the actual mystery. The ending is actually pretty good but I wouldn't recommend sitting through the rest of the film just to reach it.


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