The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929)
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Subtle at first, this turns out to be almost as offensive as the 1932 Boris Karloff cult classic. Oland would go on to play the heroic Charlie Chan in a series of B mysteries but here he is the epitome of pure evil. Melodrama!, he screeches in one particularly odd moment, just before sharing his evil goals with the doomed lovers. An effeminate butler adds on unfunny stereotypes as he claims he doesn't wear glasses because it would make him look effeminate, and later cries about not living to the next day to have marmalade one last time. Arthur, in one of her early talkies, comes off a far cry from her later skilled actress and is almost embarrassing to watch. Creaky to watch, offensive to listen to, and eye-rolling in every other element, yet such a curiosity of bad taste.