The Devil's Mask (1946)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Detective Film  |   Release Date - May 23, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This entry in the short "I Love a Mystery" series has detective Jack Packard and his sidekick Doc Young investigating the identity of a shrunken head that was discovered in a downed cargo plane. The head was one of four others discovered in the wreckage. It was notable as having belonged to a red-haired white man believed to be a missing explorer. The two sleuths are hired by the explorer's daughter who has them follow her mother and her father's associate. The detectives soon reveal that the murderer was a taxidermist on the expedition.

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accident, aerial, cargo, crash, daughter, detective, discovery, expedition, father, head [body part], identity, investigation, investigator, jungle, killing, missing-person, mother, murder, plans, police, salvage, shop, shrunken-head, taxidermy