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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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Vanessa Redgrave played the part of Pamela Benson Gray. Her on-screen father, Sir Arthur Benson Gray, was her real father Sir Michael Redgrave. See more »


Alan Crabtree: Well, let's face it, the profession's overcrowded. We're like survivors in a raft - too many for the biscuits. When one of us falls in, it's got it's bright side.
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The Man Who Learned
10 October 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Brian Desmond Hurst is best remembered for his SCROOGE starring Alistair Sim. Here, he tackles the usual story of a young surgeon, played by Tony Britton, starting out under the aegis of Michael Redgrave -- Britton's character is engaged to Redgrave's daughter, played by Vanessa Redgrave in her screen acting debut.

Careful attention has been paid to technical issues of the era, and the capable cast handles their roles well enough. However, the standard plots of such movies are in full evidence, making this movie lack more than the standard levels of emotional involvement -- it's obvious that certain roles are going to behave in certain ways at certain times. In addition, DP Robert Krasker's color cinematography has a late-40s green cast to it and it looks like the color separations have shrunk at microscopically different rates making it slightly out of focus. I suspect the green cast may have something to do with the drug-addict-doctor subplot, adding an absinthe tint to the affair.

Still, Hurst's usual highly competent work keeps things moving along nicely. This one is definitely worth your time.

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1960 (USA) See more »

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Hinter der Maske 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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