The Yellow Mask (1930)

Genres - Crime, Musical  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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One of the first talkie adaptations of an Edgar Wallace story, The Yellow Mask is set in motion by the skullduggery of Chinese nobleman Li San (Warwick Ward). With the reluctant aid of heroine Mary Trayne (Douglas Secombe), Li San manages to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Fortunately, Mary's reporter boyfriend (William Shine) rescues the girl and, after a short sojourn in a torture chamber, settles the villain's hash. The trick now is to sneak the jewels back into the Tower without tipping the authorities. Four screenwriters collaborated on this unjustly forgotten comedy-melodrama.

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aristocracy, crown-jewels, jewel-robbery, rescue