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Behind the Mask (1958)

| Drama | 1960 (USA)
Newly qualified surgeon takes the blame for his drug addict colleague after the death of their patient through neglect.


John Rowan Wilson (novel), John Hunter (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Sir Arthur Benson Gray
Tony Britton ... Philip Selwood
Carl Möhner ... Dr. Carl Romek
Niall MacGinnis ... Neil Isherwood
Vanessa Redgrave ... Pamela Benson Gray
Ian Bannen ... Alan Crabtree
Brenda Bruce ... Elizabeth Fallon
Lionel Jeffries ... Walter Froy
Miles Malleson ... Sir Oswald Pettiford
John Welsh ... Colonel Langley
Ann Firbank ... Mrs. Judson
John Gale John Gale ... Mr. John Greenwood
Jack Hedley ... Dr. Galbraith
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller ... Examiner
Mary Skinner Mary Skinner ... Theatre Sister


Newly qualified surgeon takes the blame for his drug addict colleague after the death of their patient through neglect.

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Behind-the-scenes drama of a Great Hospital




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Opening credits: All characters and incidents are imaginary and any similarity to incidents or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


Pamela Benson Gray: Aren't you afraid they'll accuse you of wanting to found a dynasty?
Sir Arthur Benson Gray: I'm quite sure Isherwood will call it that. All that doesn't matter now. In fact, let's drink to it. To the dynasty!
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Surgical Theatre
1 January 2021 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

A serious film with an appropriate cast that fails to live up to its initial promise. Tony Britton is a promising young surgeon who becomes engaged to the senior surgeon's daughter (the young Vanessa Redgrave giving a rather precious performance.) Retrospective interest is added by the manners of the period, not least hospital staff who ceaselessly smoke everywhere with carefree abandon. Gradually though the story evolves into two strands, neither resolved particularly successfully. The first, Britton's involvement with a drug-addicted Polish colleague which lands him in serious trouble and in which he is then portrayed as becoming virtuous and altruistic to an improbable degree, is trite. The second, regarding the senior surgeon's deep concerns about his junior, played by the talented Niall MacGinnis (whom as well as being a first-rate character actor was also a qualified physician), is opaque as nothing is shown to justify his fears, though it looks as if we are intended to sympathise with them.

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1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Black and White (opening credits)| Color (Colour by) (Eastmancolour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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