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The Face Behind the Mask (1941) Robert Florey, Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, 1941)
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?

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The Payoff (1935) Robert Florey, James Dunn, Claire Dodd, Patricia Ellis, Crime, Drama, Romance

The Payoff (1935)
Joe is a reporter who is looking for his big break and he gets it when he takes over George Gorman’s sports column. Marty is a hood who would fix any sporting event he could and Joe keeps the pressure of the paper on him. His wife Maxine, however, wants only the finer things in life and when Joe is on the road, she becomes Marty’s Gal. That and the money that she owes Marty ends Joe’s career as a New York Register columnist and starts his new career as a drunk. But Connie, who has had a crush on Joe for years, will try to make him the reporter he once was.

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The Man Called Back (1932) Robert Florey, Conrad Nagel, Doris Kenyon, John Halliday, Drama

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Fresh from his success with the moody melodrama Murders in the Rue Morgue, director Robert Florey dashed off The Man Called Back at bargain-basement Tiffany Studios. The film is set in the tropics; Conrad Nagel tops the cast as a dissipated, derelict doctor, hopelessly in love with married socialite Doris Kenyon. Doris’ insane husband John Halliday commits suicide, but arranges the evidence so that his wife will be charged with murder. Nagel snaps out of his drunken doldrums to prove Doris’ innocence. Watch for “the ever-popular Mae Busch” in a minor role.

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The Florentine Dagger (1935) Robert Florey, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, C. Aubrey Smith, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Florentine Dagger 1935
Juan Cesare, a descendant of the Borgia’s of Vienna, thinks he may have a murder streak in him acquired from his long-dead relatives, is is love with Florence Ballau, but her father lodges a strong protest. Papa Ballau is later found dead with a Florentine dagger of the Borgia type stuck firmly in him. Juan is all wrought up and tortured by thoughts he may have been the killer. But there is also a disfigured housekeeper on the premises who may or may not have had a motive.

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