The Mask of Diijon

The Mask of Diijon

Erich Von Stroheim
Director: Lew Landers Cast: Erich Von Stroheim
Erich Von Stroheim
, Jeanne Bates
Jeanne Bates
, William Wright
William Wright
Lew Landers


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Erich Von Stroheim's bravura performance is easily the most entertaining aspect of The Mask of Diijon, though it should be noted that the film itself is better than usual for a PRC production. "The Man You Love to Hate" is cast as Diijon, a stage magician specializing in a gruesome guillotine act. Long retired, Diijon refuses to return to work, despite the urgings of his young wife Victoria (Jeanne Bates). But when he runs out of money, Diijon is forced to make a comeback as a nightclub hypnotist On opening night a mishap occurs, which Diijon is convinced is the handiwork of Victoria's ex-lover Tony Holliday (William Wright). Seething with anger, the magician utilizes his hypnotic powers to force Victoria to murder Holliday. Unfortunately for him, the scheme backfires in a grostequely spectacular fashion. Mask of Diijon is so well directed (by the usually uninspired Lew Landers) and cleverly scripted that one can't help but think that Von Stroheim submitted a few creative suggestions along the way. Denise Vernac, Von Stroheim's constant companion and aide in his final years, shows up in a minor role.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0886470195534
Original Release: 1946
Source: Films Around World
Sales rank: 63,282

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Erich Von Stroheim Diijon
Jeanne Bates Victoria
William Wright Tony Holiday
Edward Van Sloan Sheffield
Mauritz Hugo Danton
Robert Malcolm Fleming
Shimen Ruskin Guzzo
Roy Darmour Mark Lindsay
Antonio Filauri Alex
Hope Landin Mrs. McGaffey
Denise Vernac Denise

Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Max Alexander Producer
John H. Greenhalgh Cinematographer
Griffin Jay Screenwriter
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Roy Livingston Editor
Alfred Stern Producer
Lee Zahler Musical Direction/Supervision

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