5.6/10
165
8 user 14 critic

The Mask of Diijon (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 March 1946 (USA)
A stage illusionist's comeback attempt results in his humiliation. He plots to revenge himself by hypnotizing people into committing murders for him.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Arthur St. Claire (story and screenplay), Griffin Jay (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

German Police Inspector Lohmann investigates a string of crimes resembling Dr. Mabuse's M.O. but Mabuse is in Professor Polland's care inside an insane asylum.

Director: Werner Klingler
Stars: Gert Fröbe, Senta Berger, Helmut Schmid
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
Film-Noir | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A doctor is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish
Black Magic (1949)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff
The Mummy (1932)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Theatre of Death in Paris specializes in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Gallu
Stars: Christopher Lee, Julian Glover, Lelia Goldoni
Dark Waters (1944)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A millionaire's brain is preserved after his death, and telepathically begins to take control of those around him.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Vera Ralston, Erich von Stroheim, Richard Arlen
Certificate: Passed Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man they hanged is seeking revenge on all of the male descendants of those responsible for... See full summary »

Director: Frank Wisbar
Stars: Rosemary La Planche, Robert Barrat, Blake Edwards
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A crazed scientist invents a serum that induces a catatonic state in whoever it is injected into. He uses the serum to paralyze his enemies, so that he can bury them alive.

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye
Fantasy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Erich von Stroheim ... Diijon (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Jeanne Bates ... Victoria
William Wright ... Tony Holiday
Denise Vernac Denise Vernac ... Denise
Edward Van Sloan ... Sheffield
Hope Landin ... Mrs. McGaffey
Mauritz Hugo ... Danton
Shimen Ruskin ... Guzzo
Antonio Filauri Antonio Filauri ... Alex (as Antonio Filauiri)
Edit

Storyline

A magician neglects his career and his wife while he pursues the study of hypnosis. His inattention causes his wife to leave him for a younger man. The magician them begins to use his hypnotic powers to manipulate people and to avenge himself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mask of Dijon See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Friday 17 December 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

Diijon is overcome by tear gas fired into the magic shop, but the cat inside with him is unaffected. See more »

Quotes

[Diijon has hypnotized Victoria and told her to shoot Tony, her piano player]
Victoria: You'd better play "Hearts and Roses" because I'm going to kill you.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evil Deeds: Full Circle (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

White Roses
Written by Carroll K. Cooper and Lee Zahler
Sung by Jeanne Bates
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE MASK OF DIIJON (Lew Landers, 1946) **1/2
14 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Erich von Stroheim's acting career often saw him playing some kind of variety-act performer: in THE GREAT GABBO (1929), which I own but have yet to watch, he was a ventriloquist; in THE GREAT FLAMARION (1945), an expert marksman; and here, as in the French-made L'ALIBI (1937; which I have now acquired), he dabbles in mind-reading (though, in this case, he starts out as a magician who 'trips up' in front of an unforgiving audience and is humiliated – to the consternation of his heavy-set promoter, who has no qualms about receiving guests at home while slumped on a bed in his tank top undershirt!). Incidentally, most sources give the film's title as THE MASK OF DIJON, so that I was surprised to notice the extra "i" in the credits! While the script makes no particular exertion on the star's immense talent, his commanding presence and accented delivery of lines is more than enough for him to create a memorable character nonetheless (making good the publicists' dubbing of the former auteur as "The Man You Love To Hate"!); interestingly, just as he had been flanked by Dwight Frye in THE CRIME OF DR. CRESPI (1935), this time around Edward van Sloan is on hand to evoke that distinct Universal Horror flavor (the director having previously helmed THE RAVEN [1935] for that studio, despite the film under review itself bearing the low-rent PRC logo)! The one other strong point here, in fact, is the atmosphere (aided by alternately odd and menacing camera angles, expressive night-time lighting and even fast cuts during an especially tense and paranoid moment for Stroheim's character). While the remaining supporting cast is weak – fatally, the young leads whose innocuous romance sends the unbalanced yet egomaniacal protagonist off the deep end – it does include Denise Vernac, the star's current real-life partner, as another down-on-her-luck entertainer. Throughout, Stroheim hypnotizes a number of people – among them driving Vernac's associate/husband to suicide and a stick-up man at a diner who immediately returns the dough to the befuddled proprietor – but his efforts to dispose of his amorous rival (again, and much like in the afore-mentioned CRESPI!) ends in disaster, and death for himself…here meted out in unforgettable, and most ironic (given the film's opening sequence), fashion: let me just say it involves a guillotine and a playful kitty and leave it at that!


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed