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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

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Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and his diabolical daughter will enslave the world! Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The Frankenstein of the Orient!


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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máscara de Fu-Manchú  »

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$327,627 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Boris Karloff actually wore a Chinese woman's wedding dress as costume. See more »

Goofs

While he is Fu Manchu's prisoner, it is an important plot point that Sir Lionel Barton has had his hand cut off by Fu, his severed hand falling out of a tree and being discovered by Terrence Granville. But later, when Barton's body is abandoned in front of the expedition headquarters after his murder, he clearly (in long shot) has both hands. See more »

Quotes

Fu Manchu: [speaking to Sheila Barton and Dr. von Berg:] Silence! It is my pleasure to show you how I entertain my guests.
[to Sheila]
Fu Manchu: You, Miss Barton, will be taken to the Room of the Golden Peacock, where you will be prepared as a sacrifice to our gods!
[to Dr. von Berg, describing the torture of impalement]
Fu Manchu: And you? You, my dear doctor, will follow my slaves to the Room of the Slim Silver Fingers, where I am sure you will be more than comfortable!
[to both]
Fu Manchu: And at sunrise tomorrow, as my chieftains are ...
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Followed by Drums of Fu Manchu (1943) See more »

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Inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark
21 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Mask of Fu Manchu easily could have served as inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Archaeologists dashing to retrieve relic to save Western Civilization. Feats of derring-do. Scenes of despicable torture and heroic bravery. What makes this movie even better is in Raiders you know Dr. Jones will win. The Nazis are mere obstacles in his path to run over. But in this movie, Boris Karloff's performance as the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu makes the Nazis seem like mere shadows of a threat compared to his evil genius. His Fu Manchu is a villain you not only fear, but respect. Myrna Loy as his daughter is wickedly good. While the sparks put off by Fu Manchu's diabolical invention are impressive special effects, they are nothing in comparison to the sparks emitted by the young, scantily clad Myrna Loy.


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