The Devil's Mask

The Devil's Mask is a 1946 American crime film directed by Henry Levin and starring Anita Louise, Jim Bannon and Michael Duane. The film was the second of three B pictures based on the popular radio series I Love a Mystery.[1] As well as its crime theme, the film also incorporates elements of horror.[2]

The Devil's Mask
Directed byHenry Levin
Produced byWallace MacDonald
Written byCharles O'Neal
Dwight V. Babcock
Based onI Love a Mystery
1939-52 radio series
by Carlton E. Morse
StarringAnita Louise
Jim Bannon
Michael Duane
Mona Barrie
Narrated byFrank Martin
Music byGeorge Duning
Irving Gertz
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byJerome Thoms
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
May 23, 1946
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


Two private detectives are asked to go to a museum to meet a woman who claims she is about to be murdered by her stepdaughter. The case becomes linked to a plane crash, a shrunken head just sent to the museum, and a scientist who disappeared during an expedition to South America.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it an "enjoyable programmer." [3]


  1. Sterling & O'Dell p.373-74
  2. Bansak p.367
  3. "The Devil's Mask".


  • Bansak, Edmund G. Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career. McFarland, 2003.
  • Sterling, Christopher H. & O'Dell, Cary. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio. Routledge, 2011.
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