The Face Behind the Mask


In this low-budget thriller, Peter Lorre plays Janos Szabo, an immigrant from Hungary who is a skilled craftsman. After he's caught in a fire, his face is horribly scarred; his terrifying appearance makes it impossible for him to get a job. With nowhere else to turn, Janos begins working for the criminal underworld. Janos begins having second thoughts about his life of crime when he falls in love

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  1. Arthur Levinson


  2. Paul Jarrico


  3. Robert Florey


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  1. Peter Lorre

    Peter Lorre

    Janos 'Johnny' Szabo

  2. Evelyn Keyes

    Evelyn Keyes

    Helen Williams

  3. Don Beddoe

    Don Beddoe

    Lt. James 'Jim' O'Hara

  4. George E. Stone

    George E. Stone


  5. John Tyrrell

    John Tyrrell


  6. Cy Schindell

    Cy Schindell


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 9m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • January 16, 1941



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

The face behind the mask, it's mutated, hideous, a horrible nightmare. Out of which I can never awake.

The Face Behind The Mask is directed by Robert Florey and collectively written by Paul Jarrico, Arthur Levinson and Allen Vincent. It stars Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe and George E. Stone. Music is by Sidney Cutner and cinematography by Franz Planer.

Hungarian immigrant Janos Szaby (Lorre) arrives in New York City full of hope for the future. Unfortunately he is trapped in a hotel fire which leaves his face severely disfigured. Even though he is a skilled craftsman he is refuse... read the rest.

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