Behind the Mask (1932)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by John Francis Dillon.

Plot Summary

Federal agent Jack Hart goes undercover to break up a drug smuggling ring run by Mr. X, a mysterious and shadowy criminal mastermind. X is also involved with a hospital where patients are murdered on the operating table and their filled with narcotics and buried.


Director: John Francis Dillon
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Producer: Harry Cohn *
Script/Story: In the Secret Service by Jo Swerling
Assistant Director: Edward Sloman *
Continuity: Dorothy Howell
Director of Photography: Ted Tetzlaff
Editor: Otis Garrett
Sound Engineer: Glenn Rominger *

Jack Holt (Jack Hart)
Constance Cummings (Julie Arnold)
Boris Karloff (Jim Henderson)
Claude King (Arnold)
Bertha Mann (Edwards)
Edward Van Sloan (Dr August Steiner/Dr Alec Munsell/Mr. X)
Willard Robertson (Captain E.J. Hawkes)
Thomas E. Jackson (Burke)
Jessie Arnold [nurse – uncredited]
Sherry Hall [secretary – uncredited]
Martha Mattox [maid – uncredited]
Louis Natheaux [graveyard keeper – uncredited]
Harry Tenbrook [hood – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Man Who Dared
Secret Service – working title
Hinter der Maske – Austrian title


Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.43 – credits