Behind the Mask (1946)

67 mins | Comedy-drama | 25 May 1946

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writer:

George Callahan

Producer:

Joe Kaufman

Cinematographer:

William Sickner

Editor:

Ace Herman

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The title card on the viewed print reads: Monogram Pictures Corp. presents "The Shadow in Behind the Mask ." The film's working title was The Shadow's Shadow . According to a HR news item in late Jan 1946, William Beaudine substituted as director for Phil Karlson while he was out with ptomaine poisoning. Joyce Compton replaced Jan Wiley in the role of "Lulu," and Jean Carlin replaced Christine McIntyre in the role of "Cigarette girl." For additional information on "The Shadow" series, please see the entry below for The Shadow Returns and consult the Series ... More Less

The title card on the viewed print reads: Monogram Pictures Corp. presents "The Shadow in Behind the Mask ." The film's working title was The Shadow's Shadow . According to a HR news item in late Jan 1946, William Beaudine substituted as director for Phil Karlson while he was out with ptomaine poisoning. Joyce Compton replaced Jan Wiley in the role of "Lulu," and Jean Carlin replaced Christine McIntyre in the role of "Cigarette girl." For additional information on "The Shadow" series, please see the entry below for The Shadow Returns and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Apr 1946.
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Film Daily
3 Jun 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 46
p 16.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 46
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Apr 46
p. 2926.
Variety
3 Apr 46
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Supv of prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec optical eff
Spec optical eff
Transparency projection
Transparency projection
Matte paintings
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
The Shadow's Shadow
Release Date:
25 May 1946
Production Date:
late January--early February 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 April 1946
Copyright Number:
LP300
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11475
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Daily Bulletin reporter Jeff Mann is killed in his office by a man dressed in a mask and cape, masked vigilante "The Shadow" is blamed. Jeff, who had been blackmailing city racketeers and threatening to expose them in the newspaper, included in his list Marty Greane. Greane runs a photograph racket at the Paradise Club in which he frames innocent people in compromising situations and offers to keep quiet for money. Also on the list is Mae Bishop, a bookie who runs a numbers racket at the Winter Garden nightclub in which bets are placed through a jukebox. The Shadow is really ex-fighter Lamont Cranston. Cranston swears to his fiancée, Margo Lane, that although he went out to "slug" someone the night Mann was killed, he did not kill him; rather, he believes someone is impersonating him. On Lamont and Margo's wedding day, police officer Daniels is found dead in an alley, and Lamont postpones his nuptials to solve the case. The coroner finds that both Mann and Daniels died of heart failure. Lamont then discovers that the paragraph found in Mann's typewriter, professing to reveal The Shadow's true identity, was not typed by him. Mann's secretary, Edie Merrill, offers Lamont the key to Mann's apartment, where he kept his personal files. Suspecting that Lamont is romantically interested in Edie, Margo creates a scene, and after she boards the elevator to leave, Edie is killed. Again the coroner attributes the death to heart failure. Margo then disguises herself as The Shadow and searches Mann's apartment, but is knocked out. When Lamont enters, he believes that she is ... +


When Daily Bulletin reporter Jeff Mann is killed in his office by a man dressed in a mask and cape, masked vigilante "The Shadow" is blamed. Jeff, who had been blackmailing city racketeers and threatening to expose them in the newspaper, included in his list Marty Greane. Greane runs a photograph racket at the Paradise Club in which he frames innocent people in compromising situations and offers to keep quiet for money. Also on the list is Mae Bishop, a bookie who runs a numbers racket at the Winter Garden nightclub in which bets are placed through a jukebox. The Shadow is really ex-fighter Lamont Cranston. Cranston swears to his fiancée, Margo Lane, that although he went out to "slug" someone the night Mann was killed, he did not kill him; rather, he believes someone is impersonating him. On Lamont and Margo's wedding day, police officer Daniels is found dead in an alley, and Lamont postpones his nuptials to solve the case. The coroner finds that both Mann and Daniels died of heart failure. Lamont then discovers that the paragraph found in Mann's typewriter, professing to reveal The Shadow's true identity, was not typed by him. Mann's secretary, Edie Merrill, offers Lamont the key to Mann's apartment, where he kept his personal files. Suspecting that Lamont is romantically interested in Edie, Margo creates a scene, and after she boards the elevator to leave, Edie is killed. Again the coroner attributes the death to heart failure. Margo then disguises herself as The Shadow and searches Mann's apartment, but is knocked out. When Lamont enters, he believes that she is The Shadow's impostor and knocks her out again, but after his nemesis, police inspector Cardona, arrives, Lamont helps Margo escape. Next, Lamont and his butler, Shrevvie, go undercover at the Paradise Club as naïve tourists, and Margo and Jennie, Shrevvie's girl friend, tail them dressed as loose women. At the Winter Garden, Shrevvie places bets through the jukebox while Lamont dons his Shadow outfit and slugs his way into Mae's back betting room. Mae reports that she knows The Shadow impostor was splitting Mann's take because he collected from her. Lamont then asks Cardona to meet him at the Bulletin office, where he explains that the three victims were killed with a hypodermic needle that sent an air bubble through their veins. After killing Mann, the murderer climbed through the fire escape to the office adjacent to Mann's and fled. In the adjacent office, Lamont finds Mann's "sucker" list and the disguise of the impostor Shadow. The office belongs to Bulletin reporter Brad Thomas, who was Mann's partner in extortion. Thomas killed Mann in order to increase his share of the blackmail money. After the case is solved, Lamont spanks Margo for her interference, and Shrevvie spanks Jennie. +

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