During the Boxer Rebellion in China during the early 20th century, in which a Chinese secret society attacked all westerners and anyone who associated with them, Dr. Fu Manchu's wife and ...
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Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is ... See full summary »
Anna May Wong,
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »
In his remote Asian hideaway the evil Fu Manchu plots the death and discredit of his arch rival, Inspector Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, as the first step in his plan to become leader of ... See full summary »
Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, ... See full summary »
The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and ... See full summary »
A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »
Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the ... See full summary »
During the Boxer Rebellion in China during the early 20th century, in which a Chinese secret society attacked all westerners and anyone who associated with them, Dr. Fu Manchu's wife and child are killed by foreigners. Enraged, he vows to take his revenge on the British army officers he holds responsible for the killings. Written by
One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may not have ever been televised. See more »
Focus on Warner Oland's performance and the atmosphere...
...and you'll feel like watching this film was time well spent. Perhaps
it was the job Warner Oland did here as Fu Manchu that got him the role
of Charlie Chan over at Fox, because he is sensational in the part. He
transitions from humanitarian to a one-man killing machine on a quest
for vengeance against those he holds responsible for the death of his
wife and only child. Their deaths occur in 1900 during the Boxer
Rebellion when a troop of soldiers fire on Fu Manchu's house. The
Europeans are after the boxers, and Fu Manchu's family is just
collateral damage to them. At the time of the rebellion, Fu Manchu has
a young two year old European female ward (Jean Arthur). He uses the
power of hypnotism he holds over her to get her to help in his dirty
work without her ever remembering anything that happened.
Twenty years later Fu Manchu has killed off all those he finds
responsible except one man and his offspring, and this leads him to
England. A detective from Scotland Yard figures out what is going on,
and the surviving family members including Fu's ward are holed up in an
old dark house trying to get the Chinese mastermind to show himself.
The complicating factor is that one of Fu Manchu's targets (Neil
Hamilton) and Fu Manchu's ward (Jean Arthur) have fallen in love.
This film is pretty static, but then it is one of the first talking
films and the placement of the microphone and camera demanded this.
Oland and Hamilton are great in their roles, and everybody else is OK
except Jean Arthur. She is really playing this one over the top, like
she thinks she is still in a silent picture and expecting the villain
to tie her to a railroad track at any instance. She doesn't give a
glimpse of the great performances that are to come.
Watch this one for Warner Oland, for the atmosphere, and for the
general touch of class you find in all of the early Paramount talkies.
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