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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Brian Desmond Hurst (1958)

108min
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Review

Our Score
This potboiling hospital drama suffers from the fact that much of its incident and nearly all its characters have now become over familiar thanks to endless TV programmes about feuding surgeons, put-upon housemen and devoted nurses. As much of the story is taken up with a dispute between Michael Redgrave and Niall MacGinnis over the management of their hospital, there is as much boardroom chat as there is action in the wards. Director Brian Desmond Hurst seems unable to choose between realism and melodrama, leaving his actors unsure how to pitch their performances.

Summary

A newly qualified surgeon takes the blame for his drug addict colleague after the death of a patient.

Cast & Crew

Sir Arthur Benson Gray Michael Redgrave
Philip Selwood Tony Britton
Dr Carl Romek Carl Mohner
Neil Isherwood Niall MacGinnis
Pamela Gray Vanessa Redgrave
Alan Crabtree Ian Bannen
Elizabeth Fallon Brenda Bruce
Walter Froy Lionel Jeffries
Sir Oswald Pettiford Miles Malleson
Colonel Langley John Welsh
Mrs Judson Ann Firbank
Dr Galbraith Jack Hedley
Director Brian Desmond Hurst
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp Ltd

Drama

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