Behind the Mask (1946 film)

Behind The Mask is a 1946 American comedy-mystery film directed by Phil Karlson[1] and starring Kane Richmond and Barbara Read. It was the second in a series of three films released by Monogram in 1946 starring Richmond as the crimefighter The Shadow,[2] the others being The Shadow Returns and The Missing Lady.[3]

Behind The Mask
Directed byPhil Karlson
StarringKane Richmond
Barbara Read
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • May 25, 1946 (1946-05-25)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States


Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow, has to clear his name of the murder of a blackmailing newspaper reporter by solving the crime himself.



Film historian Larry Langman dismissed Behind the Mask as a "feeble entry in the Shadow mystery series".[4] Critic Leonard Maltin gave the film a mixed review, describing it as a "decent low-budget whodunit" with "some nice visual touches but way too much 'comedy' relief."[5]


  1. Mayer, Geoff (2012). Historical Dictionary of Crime Films. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 235. ISBN 0810867699.
  2. Erickson, Hal (2014). From Radio to the Big Screen: Hollywood films featuring broadcast personalities and programs. McFarland. pp. 108–109. ISBN 9781476615585.
  3. Okuda, Ted (1999). The Monogram checklist: the films of Monogram Pictures Corporation, 1931-1952. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 213. ISBN 0786407506.
  4. Langman, Larry (1998). The Media in the Movies: A Catalog of American Journalism Films, 1900-1996. McFarland. p. 33. ISBN 147660925X.
  5. Leonard, Maltin, ed. (2015). Turner Classic Movies Presents Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965. Penguin. ISBN 9780698197299.
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