The face behind the mask

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German title The face behind the mask
Original title The face behind the mask
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1941
length 69 minutes
Director Robert Florey
script Paul Jarrico
Allen Vincent
production Wallace MacDonald
music Sidney Cutner
camera Franz Planner
cut Charles Nelson

The Face Behind the Mask is a 1941 American film directed by Robert Florey .


Janos Szabo immigrated from Hungary to the USA full of hope . The trained watchmaker wants to build a new life for himself. But on his first day in New York City, he got caught in a hotel fire and his face was horribly disfigured. Janos is deeply depressed and suicidal. A face mask that looks very similar to him should give him a fresh start. But the mask can only hide the external injuries. However, his mental injuries lead to the fact that he gets on the wrong track as a thief. Hope is only restored when he meets the blind girl Helen. The love for the girl who loves him in spite of his terrible appearance seems to turn the tide. But his gang colleagues prevent a return to a normal life. Sensing treachery, they try to murder Janos. But his girlfriend Helen is killed in the attempt. Janos now wants to take revenge on them. He escapes with his colleagues on an airplane and makes an emergency landing in the desert. Without water and food, the gangsters starve to death. The police find their bodies.


"Psychologically insightful, with touching human features, excellently played by Peter Lorre."

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  1. The face behind the mask. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed April 3, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used