Behind the Mask (August 24, 1936)

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Behind the Mask
 

Released on August 24, 1936: A priceless relic is stolen at a New Year's Eve party by a mysterious man wearing the costume of a fellow who was planning to elope with his girlfriend after the party.

Produced by Joe Rock

Directed by Michael Powell

The Actors: Hugh Williams (Nick Barclay), Jane Baxter (Lady June Slade), Ronald Ward (Jimmy Slade), Maurice Schwartz (Paul Melchior, The Master), George Merritt (Detective Inspector Mallory), Henry Oscar (Interpol Detective in Voltaire costume), Donald Calthrop (Doctor Harold E. Walpole), Kitty Kelly (Marian Weeks), Wilfrid Caithness (Raines the butler), Peter Gawthorne (Lord Slade), Gerald Fielding (Harrah), Reginald Tate (Allan Hayden), Moyra Fagan (Nada), Ivor Barnard (Hewitt), Barbara Everest (Lady Slade), Hal Gordon (Sergeant), Syd Crossley (policeman), Henry Caine (Beetson, Nick's butler), Esma Cannon (waitress Emily), Cameron Hall (unknown)

 
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Triangle of Death & the Shield of Calm

It should have been so easy . . . Eloping with her beloved on New Year’s Eve at the end of a grand masquerade party . . . . Slipping away in a car to paradise while the guests were celebrating the New Year. It should have been so easy . . . . . Young and beautiful Lady June Slade is in love with her brother Jimmy’s best friend Nick, and everything is set for a quiet and quick elopement during the big New Year’s Eve party that her family is hosting. Her father Lord Slade has just ‘acquired’ a famous jewel encrusted gold Mongolian shield and it will be the center of attention at the party. With a famous detective from Interpol and Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Mallory on hand to watch the priceless shield, all should be well. At midnight, when the lights go down and everyone takes off their mask, June and Nick will slip away and ride off into a life of happy blissful marriage. . . . . Nick has a special marriage license secretly obtained weeks earlier . . . . A special car has been prepared for their journey to the vicar and on to the honeymoon. . . . Their bags have been packed and all is ready. Before the masquerade party begins a hooded stranger enters Nick’s home and assaults him and knocks him out cold. As Nick is being attacked he sees a triangle tattoo on the attacker’s wrist and proclaims that he knows who the attacker must be. . . . . . We Segway to the masquerade ball and watch as someone enters wearing the costume that Nick was going to wear. June sees the masked man and smiles, knowing that it is her Nick, and soon they will be leaving the party to get married . . . . . As midnight approaches June slips away and sits in the car eagerly waiting for Nick to join her . . . . The lights go down and everyone takes off their masks to celebrate the New Year, but the masked man in Nick’s costume quickly snatches the priceless jewel encrusted shield and rushes out to the car that June is waiting in, and he drives away with June and the gold shield. Meanwhile Nick is recovering from his attack and wondering where his costume is, and why he was assaulted by the man with a triangle tattoo . . . . His best friend . . . . . June’s brother Jimmy. The thrills and chills are just beginning on this brand new year, and the marriage will not go off as planned. . . . . It should have been so easy . . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

The Man Behind the Mask
The Man Behind the Mask
Barbara Everest
Barbara Everest
Donald Calthrop
Donald Calthrop
Esma Cannon
Esma Cannon
Gerald Fielding
Gerald Fielding
Gerald Fielding
Gerald Fielding
George Merritt
George Merritt
George Merritt and Donald Calthrop
George Merritt and Donald Calthrop
George Merritt and Syd Crossley
George Merritt and Syd Crossley
George Merritt at the costume party
George Merritt at the costume party
Henry Caine and George Merritt
Henry Caine and George Merritt
Henry Caine and Kitty Kelly
Henry Caine and Kitty Kelly
Henry Oscar and George Merritt
Henry Oscar and George Merritt
Henry Oscar costumed as Voltaire
Henry Oscar costumed as Voltaire
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams and Donald Calthrop
Hugh Williams and Donald Calthrop
Hugh Williams and Henry Caine
Hugh Williams and Henry Caine
Hugh Williams and Ivor Barnard
Hugh Williams and Ivor Barnard
Hugh Williams and Moyra Fagan
Hugh Williams and Moyra Fagan
Hugh Williams and Ronald Ward
Hugh Williams and Ronald Ward
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Jane Baxter
Jane Baxter
Jane Baxter and Barbara Everest
Jane Baxter and Barbara Everest
Jane Baxter
Jane Baxter
Jane Baxter
Jane Baxter
Kitty Kelly
Kitty Kelly
Kitty Kelly, George Merritt and Henry Caine
Kitty Kelly, George Merritt and Henry Caine
Kitty Kelly and Henry Caine
Kitty Kelly and Henry Caine
Kitty Kelly
Kitty Kelly
Maurice Schwartz
Maurice Schwartz
Maurice Schwartz
Maurice Schwartz
Moyra Fagan
Moyra Fagan
Peter Gawthorne
Peter Gawthorne
Peter Gawthorne
Peter Gawthorne
Reginald Tate, Esma Cannon and Hugh Williams
Reginald Tate, Esma Cannon and Hugh Williams
Reginald Tate and Moyra Fagan
Reginald Tate and Moyra Fagan
Reginald Tate
Reginald Tate
Ronald Ward and Jane Baxter
Ronald Ward and Jane Baxter
Ronald Ward
Ronald Ward
Syd Crossley and Hal Gordon
Syd Crossley and Hal Gordon
Syd Crossley and Ronald Ward
Syd Crossley and Ronald Ward
Wilfrid Caithness
Wilfrid Caithness
Wilfrid Caithness
Wilfrid Caithness