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

Excuse me please, could I trouble you for a match?

Sure. Here you are.

Thank you very much. I do not smoke.

What time is it, please?

Quarter past ten.

Thank you very much. So it is.

Say, what is this?

I am practicing my english.

Oh, I see. Your first trip to the States?

Yes... Look.

She is beautiful.

Yes, I know how you feel. I get the same thrill

every time I come home.

She is very beautiful, too.

- Your wife?

- No.

Soon. When she comes to America.

Well, good luck.

Don't lose your passport.

New York is a very beautiful city, huh?

Do you wanna buy it?

Oh, no thank you. But...

Can you tell me where there is a good hot-and-cold-water hotel?

The Carlton Plaza.

It's six blocks up, one block over,

and two blocks to your left.

Thank you very much.

They're waiting for you.

Six blocks up... one block over...

two blocks to the left... Carlton Plaza.

Six blocks up... one block over...

two blocks to the left.

They are waiting for me!

Mr. Policeman... I'm gangstered!

- What?

- I'm stolen.

My 59 dollars... I give all my

pengos for dollars on the boat.

The boat bankman can prove it.

You take it up with the Lieutenant here.

He handles all the big cases.

No, not him! I need a policeman!

I'm a policeman.

Look, all the money I had, it is gone.

I'm lost.

I have no more.

- Take it easy.

- But you can see, it is all gone.

When was the last time you saw it?

I don't know...

Oh, yes. On the boat.

A man was talking about gangsters

and I was frightened.

I went to the washroom and...

I am found. I put it here.

Thank you, Mr. Policeman. Thank you.

You have found my money.

American police is wonderful.

Yeah, we're pretty smart, all right.

Yes. Thank you, Mr... Mr...

- O'Hara. Jim O'Hara.

- Thank you, Mr. Jim O'Hara.

One block to the left and

two blocks to the right...

One block to the left, two...

My hotel is lost!

- Now what are you talking about?

- My Carlton Plaza hotel.

- The Carlton Plaza!

- Yes, with hot and cold water.

I better straighten you out again.

How about a cold drink?

I will make more money so I can bring

my Mara over from Hungary.

And we will be married

and then we are going to have one boy, one girl,

One boy, one girl, one boy.

Five. All americans.

And the boys will be watchmakers like me.

All I have to do is find quick a job.

The first thing to do is to

find you a place to live.

Terry Finnegan's place, it's just the thing.

It's clean, comfortable and cheap.

Look. You just walk down that street

for five blocks.

Blocks, again?

You cannot come with me?

No. I'm due back at Headquarters.

But you'll find it easy enough.

Just walk five blocks.

Straight, no turns.

Five blocks.

It's the Excelsior Palace.

You can't miss it.

But if I am lost again,

I come to you, Mr. O'Hara,

to police headquarters and you

can find me again.

You're a very good friend.

I will never forget.

It was the Policeman O'Hara who sent me.

You know, the policeman without uniform.

Sure, I know the old hog-trotter.

I want a room please for my home.

Oh. For your home.

Well mister, we got 27 empty rooms.

Take your pick.

If it wasn't for the cafe, I'd.. have to close down.

How much, please, for my room?

Six bucks a week.

Bucks? Oh, I know you mean six dollars.

That's right. Now... here. Sign right there.

We only got two rules, and they go for everybody.

No ironing. Because it blows out the fuses.

No cooking in the rooms, because

it's very bad for the cafe business.

Thank you very much.

- What's your line?

- Please?

- Are you looking for employment?

- No, I want a job.

What's the matter?

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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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