The Man Behind the Mask
"The Man Behind the Mask"(1936).jpg
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Directed byMichael Powell
Written by
Based onthe novel The Chase of the Golden Plate
by Jacques Futrelle
Produced byJoe Rock
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited bySam Simmonds
Music byCyril Ray
Joe Rock Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 24 August 1936 (1936-08-24)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Man Behind the Mask is a 1936 British mystery film directed by Michael Powell and starring Hugh Williams, Jane Baxter, Ronald Ward, Maurice Schwartz, George Merritt, Henry Oscar and Peter Gawthorne.[1] A man assaults and switches places with another at a masked ball, and then attempts a major theft – casting suspicion on the original man.[2]

The Man Behind the Mask was produced by Joe Rock, for Joe Rock Productions. It was made at Rock Studios, Elstree.[3]

The Man Behind the Mask was missing from the BFI National Archive, and was one of three Powell films included on the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" list of lost films.[4] It is the last of Powell's "quota quickies".[4]

A print of the American release, titled Behind the Mask, has been found, but it is a cut version of the original UK film.[5]



  1. ^ The Man Behind the Mask at IMDb
  2. ^ The Man Behind the Mask at the British Film Institute
  3. ^ Wood p.91
  4. ^ a b "The Man Behind the Mask / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Crown v. Stevens (1936)". BFI Screenonline. His following assignment, The Man Behind The Mask (which does exist, but in a much truncated form with a private collector) was released only three weeks after Crown ...