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the face behind the mask

director: Robert Florey (four star playhouse)

starring: peter lorre, don beddoe, evelyn keyes and george e. stone

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

A disfigured watch-maker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

Nick Barclay is assaulted on the night he is to elope from a masked ball with June Slade by a masked man who takes his place, also taking the shield of Kahm which immediately puts Nick under suspicion for theft.

 

Although coming in at a relatively short running time of not quite an hour and a half, The Man Behind the Mask for the most part is a fast moving and entertaining thriller with dialogue that feels fresh for a film made over seventy years ago. 

 

At times the film feels a little rushed, especially the ending, but there is still enough here with which to be more than entertained and engrossed with even if it does feel a little like a B movie. 

 

The Man Behind the Mask certainly feels its age but there is enough here to thrill with an engrossing tale. 

★★★

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The Face Behind the Mask is available on disc and digital from all good retailers.