By Roger Ebert
Modeled at the paintings of Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins, this serial cliffhanger follows Mason Devereaux, a once-great, hard-drinking British actor, who turns into fascinated by the case of an on-stage homicide. unique.
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Behind The Phantom's Mask by Roger Ebert