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The Face Behind the Mask (2003)

The Face Behind the Mask (2003)





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This film tells the tale of a Hungarian immigrant whose face was horribly scarred after a fire. To conceal his disfigurement, he wears a hideous but expensive mask. Things go from bad to worse, when he gets involved with gangsters.


Peter Lorre
as Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
Evelyn Keyes
as Helen Williams
Don Beddoe
as Lt. James 'Jim' O'Hara
Al Seymour
as Benson
Warren Ashe
as Johnson
Charles C. Wilson
as Chief O'Brien
George McKay
as Terry Finnegan
Ben Taggart
as Dr.Jones
Mary Currier
as Nurse Kritzer
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Perkins
Al Bridge
as Horgan
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Cheever
Al Hill
as Horton
Lee Prather
as Immigration Officer
David Oliver
as Steward
John Dilson
as Anderson
Joel Friedkin
as Mr. Perkins
Sam Ash
as Mike Cary
Edwin Stanley
as Dr. Beckett
Claire Rochelle
as Nurse Bailey
Harry Strang
as Clerk Stimson
Lee Shumway
as Policeman
Jack Gardner
as Man at Fire
Eddie Foster
as City Slicker
Chuck Hamilton
as Gas Station Attendant
Bill Lally
as Wilson
Ernie S. Adams
as Hotel Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Face Behind the Mask

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The film is a horror story in that it offers a vision of the American Dream turning ugly and wrong.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Face Behind the Mask

The film is a horror story in that it offers a vision of the American Dream turning ugly and wrong.year s/b 1941 first cycle noir not 2003

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Honesty doesn't pay. Johnny Szabo arrives in the United States as a foreigner with hopes of earning enough money to pay for his love interest to join him in America. Unfortunately, shortly after moving into an apartment building and obtaining a job, the apartment catches on fire and his face is badly injured. With no money and no hope for a normal life...he is forced into a life of crime. "Heads he jumps. Tails he doesn't. Heads I save him. Tails I don't." Robert Florey, director of Murders in the Rue Morgue, Four Star Playhouse, The Cocoanuts, Death of a Champion, Man from Frisco, and The Vicious Years, delivers The Face Behind the Mask. The storyline for this picture is just okay and could have contained more violence. The character development was solid as was the action. The cast includes Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, and George Stone. "You can buy anything with money." "Money can buy me a new face?" I DVR'd this picture off Antenna Television because it starred the great Peter Lorre. I wouldn't say Lorre is an "excellent" actor, but he is very eccentric and unpredictable. I will say I enjoyed this movie and the character portrayal, but the film overall was just okay. I would only recommend seeing this if you are a fan of Lorre. "American police are wonderful." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

this is a fun low budget thriller, with lorre somehow morphing from innocent immigrant to criminal mastermind in what seems like no time, after being badly burned in a fire. of course he falls in love with a beautiful blind woman as there's always one around in these cases. a scene where he tries to get tough with another gangster recently released from prison is pretty funny. the ending is really great

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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