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The Mask of Fu Manchu
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Writers:
Irene Kuhn (screen play) &
Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
5 November 1932 (USA) See more »
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Englishmen race to find the tomb of Ghengis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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KARLOFF WANTS TO EXTERMINATE THE WHITE RACE! See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Fu Manchu
Lewis Stone ... Nayland Smith
Karen Morley ... Sheila
Charles Starrett ... Terrence Granville

Myrna Loy ... Fah Lo See

Jean Hersholt ... Von Berg
Lawrence Grant ... Sir Lionel Barton
David Torrence ... McLeod
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Brown ... Slave (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Knife Thrower (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... British Museum Official (uncredited)
Allen Jung ... Coolie (uncredited)
Tetsu Komai ... Swordsman (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Guest (uncredited)
Oswald Marshall ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Potentate (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Indian Prince (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Coolie Spy (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ... Slave (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Curator Dr. Fairgyle - British Museum Official (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Goy Lo Sung - Fu Manchu Messenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Brabin 
Charles Vidor (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Irene Kuhn (screen play) &
Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) and
John Willard (screen play)

Sax Rohmer (from the story by)

Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Cecil Holland .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Waters .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ken Strickfaden .... electrician: effects unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1933) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Both Gertrude Michael and Herbert Bunston are in studio production charts for the movie The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), but neither were seen in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stand-in, special electrical effects wizard 'Kenneth Strickfaden (I)' for Boris Karloff where the electricity sparks off Fu Manchu's fingernails when he applies the electrical test to the fake sword.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Lionel Barton:You're Fu Manchu, aren't you?
Fu Manchu:I am a doctor of philosophy from Edinburgh, I am a doctor of law from Christ College, I am a doctor of medicine from Harvard. My friends, out of courtesy, call me doctor.
Sir Lionel Barton:Oh, I beg your pardon. Well, three times doctor, what do you want of me.
Fu Manchu:I have sent for you to make your fortune. What good are these relics of a dead warrior to you?
Sir Lionel Barton:Oh, our English people like to look at them on holidays.
Fu Manchu:Are they worth a million pounds to you?
Sir Lionel Barton:My dear fellow, I can't sell what I haven't got.
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
KARLOFF WANTS TO EXTERMINATE THE WHITE RACE!, 23 May 2003
Author: whpratt1 from United States

Dr. Fu Manchu(Boris Karloff) is a ruthless oriental who desires to obtain the ceremonial mask and sword of Genghis Khan. He believes if he secures these two sacred items, his leadership over the hordes of Asia will exterminate the white race so that he will rule the world. Professor Von Berg (Jean Hersholt, radio veteran of "Poems That Touch the Heart") and Nayland Smith(Lewis Stone) of Scotland Yard try to prevent Fu Manchu from getting these important relics. These members are subject to murder and torture and are even sentenced to death in the crocodile pit. Fah Lo See(Myrna Loy,wife of Wm. Powell in the "Thin Man Series")is a very sexual daughter of Fu Manchu who wants to make a young expedition member Terry Granville(Charles Starrett) to be her slave for life. Boris Karloff spoke for the first time in his second career in this film after " Frankenstein". Sax Rohmer who wrote the novel wanted Karloff because of his natural lisp to make it sound like a snake-like hissing in his hateful role as Fu Manchu. It is a must see film and a great film classic for all generations.

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