The Face Behind the Mask

Synopsis: Janos Szaby is a kind, innocent immigrant to America. Just after he arrives though, he is caught in a fire and his face is horribly burned and disfigured. Although a skilled craftsman his hideous features make it impossible for him to get work, and driven by despair he is forced to turn to crime to live. He finds himself very proficient at that, and soon makes enough money to buy a very lifelike mask to hide his scars behind. He hates what he does, but is he in too deep to get out?
Director(s): Robert Florey
Production: Columbia Pictures
69 min

That chicken-livered dishwasher!

Every time his wife has a baby, he walks out.

And she always has 'em when there's a wash on!

I can't leave the stove, and the dishes are piled up from here to...!

- The dishes are dirty?

- That's putting it mildly, mister.

- But I wash, I can wash dishes!

That's right, this guy wants a job.

Can you wash 'em without smashing 'em?

In America I can do anything.

Okay, let's go.

Oh, it is wonderful here, Mara.


You know, Mara, we will be rich.

I have a job already, and very soon

we'll be together.

Not this time, Finnegan.

Mr. Finnegan partially identified him.

Ah, the poor little guy.

He was so... hopeful.

What are his chances?

Third-degree burns, 50/50 chance.

Well look, if anything happens,

will you please let me know? And...

Here, slip him that for extras.

Unfortunately I gotta go to

Chicago on a case and I don't know

when I'll be back.

But you can always reach me

in care of police headquarters.

It's Lieutenant James O'Hara.

Give him that. And don't let him

leave here without notifying me.

You see, I feel responsible for the little guy.

I sent him to that hotel.

Yes, Lieutenant O'Hara.

Doctor, really the bandages are coming off now?

That's right. Is everything ready, nurse?

- Yes, Doctor.

- Lower the windowshade, please.

Tell me, Doctor, and soon I can go and

look for work?

What kind of work do you do?

Oh, everything. Watchmaking, wood-carving...

I have very clever hands, Doctor.

I worked in an airplane factory, too.

I can do anything mechanical.

I am a mechanical genius!

It's a good thing the fire didn't get

your hands, isn't it?


Now just relax. I have to cut this,

and it may hurt a little.

Get out!

Why did she scream?

What's the matter?

Why is that mirror covered?

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Paul Jarrico

Paul Jarrico (January 12, 1915 – October 28, 1997) was an American screenwriter and film producer who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. more…

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