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The Yellow Mask

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

The Yellow Mask is a 1930 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]



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]


  1. ^ "The Yellow Mask". British Film Institute. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Yellow Mask, The (1930) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Phyllis Dare in Edgar Wallace's the Yellow Mask, London, 1928". 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "THE YELLOW MASK 1930 Lupino Lane, Dorothy Seacombe, Warwick Ward herald". eBay. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Movie Review - EDGAR WALLACE FILM GIVEN; "The Yellow Mask," at Cohan, Is New British Importation". The New York Times. 8 December 1930. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
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