The Yellow Mask

The Yellow Mask is a 1931 British musical crime film directed by Harry Lachman and starring Lupino Lane, Dorothy Seacombe and Warwick Ward.[1] A criminal plans to rob the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. It was based on the 1927 Edgar Wallace novel The Traitor's Gate.[2], adapted into the play The Yellow Mask, which premiered in London in 1928.[3]

The Yellow Mask
Directed byHarry Lachman
Produced byJohn Maxwell
Written byGeorge Arthurs
Harry Lachman (adaptation)
Miles Malleson (dialogue)
George Arthurs (dialogue)
Walter C. Mycroft (adaptation)
Val Valentine (screenplay)
Based onplay by Edgar Wallace
StarringLupino Lane
Dorothy Seacombe
Warwick Ward
Wilfred Temple
Music byJohn Reynders
CinematographyWalter Blakeley
Claude Friese-Greene
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Distributed byWardour Films (UK)
Release date
  • 1930 (1930)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Daily Telegraph wrote, "provides an hour's ideal entertainment"; and the Sunday Pictorial called it, "packed with every known ingredient of popularity."[4] The New York Times wrote, "in a prologue to the film it is set forth that Mr. Wallace has attempted a daring and original combination of melodrama and musical comedy in a manner to end all musical melodramas forever. In all likelihood these designations were put upon The Yellow Mask after it had emerged from the studio, in a hasty effort to give this hodge-podge a meaning."[5]


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