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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

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 ... See full summary »

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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)  »

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$327,627 (estimated)
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It took MGM makeup artist Cecil Holland 2.5 hours every morning to apply makeup to Boris Karloff for this role. See more »

Goofs

Among the creepy creatures Fu Manchu uses to terrorize and torture his victims are American alligators and a Gila Monster. However, the film takes place in China, and these animals are found only in America. See more »

Quotes

Nayland Smith: Will we ever understand these Eastern races?
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Referenced in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) See more »

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Inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark
21 May 2000 | by (Gerrardstown, W.Va.) – 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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