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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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A lusty oriental mix 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1933) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Long shots reveal that Boris Karloff is wearing platform shoes, which is why he is taller than all his costars.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lewis Stone/Nayland Smith pokes around a Buddha. He sets down his gun, then falls through a trap door, with his gun clearly still on the Buddha. He gets up and pulls his gun out (of the same side of his coat, couldn't have two guns).See more »
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Sheila:[after Fu Manchu has reveald his murderous plans for her and Dr. Von berg] You yellow beast!See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A lusty oriental mix, 22 July 2004
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

Wonderfully inventive exotic horror movie from the early days of talkies.

An expedition from the British Museum sets out to find the long searched for tomb of legendary warlord Genghis Khan and get to the fabled sword and mask before it is found and usurped by Dr. Fu Manchu, evil contemporary warlord with an unquenchable ambition to extinguish the white race in his lust for power.

'Mask of Fu Manchu' is well worth a watch for its stunning look alone. The sets by Cedric Gibbons are gorgeous to look at, a uniquely Hollywoodian blend of art-deco and tasteful Orientalism, photographed to fantastic effect by Tony Gaudio and evocatively lit. The acting is top-notch with Karloff an exquisitely seductive Fu Manchu and the young Loy a delight as his sadistic daughter. This film could not have been made just a couple of years later, it is decidedly pre-Code in its sexual frankness and the lusty demeanor of the characters. Ex-football star Starrett is more than sufficiently hunky stripped down to a loincloth in a torture scene! But then, the torture of this movie is always a naughty delight, it has so many things in store for us.

Obviously, the question with 'Mask of Fu Manchu' as with others of its time is, Are you able to forgive its naive racism? "You hideous yellow monster!", our heroine hisses contemptuously, but then again, the Brits aren't exactly angels either, the barbaric way these so-called scientists go about breaking open Genghis Khan's tomb, desecrating everything on their way, only barely concealing their avarice ...

A really good film, highly recommended.

7/10

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