Blu-Ray News #333: The Face Behind The Mask (1941).

Directed by Robert Florey
Starring Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, George E. Stone, John Tyrrell

One I’ve been waiting for. The Face Behind The Mask (1941) is one of those sublime B movies where everything went just right.

Peter Lorre is terrific as an optimistic immigrant whose personal version of the American Dream becomes a living hell. He goes from lowly dishwasher (who’s hideously scarred in an accident) to a criminal ringleader (amassing the fortune needed for plastic surgery). Everything changes when he meets a sweet young blind woman (Evelyn Keyes), but will he be able to just walk away from his double-crossing gang?

Robert Florey’s direction and the moody camerawork of Franz F. Planer — and one of Lorre’s best performances — make this thing a winner from fade-in to fade-out.

Imprint is bringing The Face Behind The Mask to Blu-Ray in May with an assortment of commentaries and interviews. But the real attraction will be the chance to see this terrific little picture in high definition. Highly, highly recommended.


Filed under Columbia, DVD/Blu-ray News, Imprint Films, Peter Lorre

5 responses to “Blu-Ray News #333: The Face Behind The Mask (1941).

  1. john k

    I was thrilled to hear about this on one of the contributor’s Facebook page.
    An OK version of this model B Picture can be viewed online but Noir
    addicts are having none of it,they want the high def restoration.
    As good as a B Movie gets It’s wonderful to see these lost gems get
    high def restorations.
    I did keep plugging Imprint’s FIVE! but not your thing Toby?
    Again another obscure B Movie getting de luxe treatment-Imprint are
    the cats to watch these days.
    For the zillionth time if only there was a market for obscure Westerns
    I’d love to see say REPRISAL! get this sort of treatment.


  2. Bert Greene

    Terrific news, and a film I’m immensely keen on upgrading, as I still only have my old off-air VHS recording of it, which I taped some 30 years ago.

    I also crave to have some of Robert Florey’s many terrific Paramount b-films on blu, although it’s hard to envision something like that ever happening. One of my favorites of his is “Hollywood Boulevard” (1936), which is a sly little film that Florey peppers with some excellent montage scenes and choice location work. It’s usually overlooked compared to his (terrific) crime thriller-dillers at the studio, but it’s a little gem all its own.


    • Walter

      Bert, you have, as always, perked my interest with HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD(1936). This one seems to be a rare bird. Universal still owns the rights to this one, as far as I know.


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