Behind the Mask

Overview

Crooked newspaper columnist Jeff Mann James Cardwell, who apparently was blackmailing half the criminal gangs in the city, is murdered in his own office, and a police officer is killed the same night in the alley outside the newspaper's building -- and the prime suspect is the Shadow, the mysterious masked adventurer with the ability to cloud men's minds so they can't see him. The Shadow is, in reality, millionaire playboy and dilettante criminologist Lamont Cranston Kane Richmond, who is about to get married to ...
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Overview

Crooked newspaper columnist Jeff Mann James Cardwell, who apparently was blackmailing half the criminal gangs in the city, is murdered in his own office, and a police officer is killed the same night in the alley outside the newspaper's building -- and the prime suspect is the Shadow, the mysterious masked adventurer with the ability to cloud men's minds so they can't see him. The Shadow is, in reality, millionaire playboy and dilettante criminologist Lamont Cranston Kane Richmond, who is about to get married to Margo Lane Barbara Read; he's vowed to give up being the Shadow, but now he has to investigate this case to clear himself, much to Margo's dismay. Police Inspector Cardona Joseph Crehan wants to prove the Shadow committed the murders, and Mann's editor Brad Thomas Robert Shayne is calling for the Shadow's blood in his newspaper's editorial pages. This leaves Cranston with his hands full, especially after Margo -- anxious to get him to the altar -- tries to solve the case herself, at one point even masquerading as the Shadow. Between keeping her out of his way and staying ahead of the real culprit, the police, and the gangs that Mann was blackmailing, Cranston and his valet Shrevie George Chandler just about get themselves killed a couple of times, amid a string of comedic and mysterious twists that lead right back to the murder scene for the identity of the killer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Not that this is saying much, but Behind the Mask is one of the handsomest-looking movies ever to come out of Monogram Pictures, with a large supporting and background cast (of familiar screen faces) and surprisingly opulent sets. That isn't as important as the breezy pacing essential to a B-thriller of this type, but when you combine that pacing, a delightfully twist-laden plot (that freely careens between suspense and comic relief), and a look this good and a cast this solid, you've got B-movie gold. The mix of comedy and mystery in Behind the Mask owes a lot to the Falcon movies starring George Sanders and Tom Conway, and while nothing here is as well done as those movies -- and one comic relief scene involving a piece of furniture moving around a room, is downright stupid -- it's all easy to take and enjoy on a totally non-serious, escapist level. Director Phil Karlson, who would later be known for his violent crime thrillers, shows a much more deft touch here -- Behind the Mask is of a piece with his work in Bowery Bombshell, featuring the Bowery Boys, rather than The Phenix City Story or Walking Tall. Set against a background of nightclubs, bookie joints, and elegant parties, often with a swing band score playing in the background -- except when the familiar organ theme accompanying the Shadow's disappearing act comes into play -- Behind the Mask is thick with '40s atmosphere; the ambience is a fine distillation of radio crime melodrama, translated to the screen with a careful (and generally effective) balance of mystery twists and laughs, easy on the mind and the eye and just funny and complicated enough to be diverting 60 years later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • UPC: 883904244165
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,313

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kane Richmond Lamont Cranston/The Shadow
George Chandler Shrevie
Pierre Watkin Weston
Dorothea Kent Jennie
Joyce Compton Lulu
Marjorie Hoshelle Mac Bishop
June Clyde Edith Merrill
Robert Shayne Brad Thomas
Lou Crosby Marty Greane
Edward Gargan Dixon
Bill Christy Copy Boy
James B. Cardwell Jeff Mann
Nancy Brinckman Susan
Dewey Robinson Head Waiter
Marie Harmon Girl
Ruth Cherrington Dowager
Joseph Crehan Cardona
Barbara Read Margo Lane
Jean Carlin
Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Lou Brock Associate Producer
George Callahan Screenwriter
Ace Herman Editor
Joseph Kaufman Producer
William Sickner Cinematographer
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