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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 involved with Ah Kee, a handsome young man, who also unbeknownst to her, is a secret agent out to thwart the heinous plots of Fu Manchu. As it turns out, Fu is not only her next-door neighbor, he is also, (unbeknownst to her), her father. When she finds out, will she take her father's part and fight the men out to get Fu, or will she become a brave heroine and save the world even if it is from the devious doings of her own Dad? Yes, it's dated, and there isn't nearly enough of Warner Oland in it; but it moves along well, has a lot of action, Wong and Hayakawa were fine actors, and if you're a Charley Chan fan, it's worth it to how much, if any, of Fu Oland used when creating Charley Chan. Written by
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In London, pretty dancer Anna May Wong (as Ling Moy) discovers she is the daughter of wicked Chinese warlord Warner Oland (as Fu Manchu). Naturally, Ms. Wong is compelled to continue her father's murderous ways; mainly, she wants to torture and kill members of the British Petrie family (as in previous Fu films). Meanwhile, good detective Sessue Hayakawa (as Ah Kee) has tracked the Gang of Fu to London. The triumph of good over evil hits the expected snag when Mr. Hayakawa becomes attracted to his prey. Will the hunter get captured by the game?
Lloyd Corrigan's "Daughter of the Dragon" is far from the best "Fu". It is the last appearance of Mr. Oland as the famous villain; and, he is most effective, in his abbreviated appearance. The idea to cast Wong and Hayakawa was a good one; however, their portrayals are clownish. Hayakawa, an otherwise fine actor, is obviously working on articulation. Victor Milner's photography is the film's main strength. Harold Minjir's comic relief role, as the nearsighted "Rogers", is also quite good. The story moves along briskly enough to overcome some absurdities.
***** Daughter of the Dragon (1931) Lloyd Corrigan ~ Anna May Wong, Sessue Hayakawa, Warner Oland
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