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Behind the Mask (1932 film)

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Behind the Mask
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Film poster
Directed byJohn Francis Dillon
Written byJo Swerling
(story "In the Secret Service")
Jo Swerling
StarringJack Holt
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
(as Teddy Tetzlaff)
Edited byOtis Garrett
Color processBlack and white
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1932 (1932-02-25)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

Behind the Mask is a 1932 American pre-Code crime/horror film directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Jack Holt, Boris Karloff and Edward Van Sloan.[1][2]


A federal agent (Holt) goes undercover to infiltrate a drug smuggling operation headed by a mysterious Mr. X (Van Sloan), a criminal mastermind whose identity is unknown even to his henchmen. Mr. X is also running a bogus hospital where victims are killed on the operating table, and their coffins stuffed with narcotics. The drug-filled coffins are then buried in a cemetery.


See also


  1. ^ Mank, Gregory William (March 8, 2010). Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together. McFarland. ISBN 9780786454723. Retrieved April 17, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Buehrer, Beverley Bare (April 17, 1993). Boris Karloff: A Bio-bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313277153. Retrieved April 17, 2019 – via Google Books.

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