Behind the Mask (1932 film)

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Behind the Mask
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Film poster
Directed by John Francis Dillon
Produced by Harry Cohn
Written by Dorothy Howell
Jo Swerling
Starring Jack Holt
Constance Cummings
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Edited by Otis Garrett
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1932 (1932-02-25)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Behind the Mask is a 1932 American Pre-Code crime film directed by John Francis Dillon, starring Jack Holt and featuring Boris Karloff.



A federal agent (Holt) goes undercover to infiltrate a drug smuggling operation headed by a mysterious Mr. X (Van Sloan), a criminal mastermind whose identity is unknown even to his henchmen. Mr. X is also running a bogus hospital where victims are killed on the operating table, and their coffins stuffed with narcotics. The drug-filled coffins are then buried in a cemetery.

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