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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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Plot:
Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Catch the uncensored version or don't bother at all See more (82 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) | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
This was the only time that Myrna Loy worked with Boris Karloff; she had already worked with Bela Lugosi in 1930's "Renegades," and would conquer her 'femme fatale' typecasting by 1934's "The Thin Man".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 »
Quotes:
Fu Manchu:The slightest move will send a bullet crashing through your stiff British spine.
Nayland Smith:Are you in the habit of shooting your enemies in the back?
Fu Manchu:Put your gun away. You may turn around. Ah, now that's better. Now we can talk like gentleman.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Mondo Lugosi (1987)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Catch the uncensored version or don't bother at all, 3 December 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

The Mask of Fu Manchu, like most Fu Manchu films, has always been a bit of a disappointment to me, especially in light of the potential the character and stories offered. Yet in its uncut, restored and very politically incorrect version recently released on DVD it plays considerably better, if only because the stereotyping adds a historical interest to the piece. Curiously there's very little belittling of Chinese beyond the odd line like "They have ways in the East…" Mostly it's Karloff's Fu belittling the Westerners and promising to send them to their Christian heaven – after he and his perverted daughter Myrna Loy have had their way with them. For Karloff that means feeding salt water to a parched man tied under an endlessly ringing bell while to Loy that means whipping the best looking hostages before getting down and dirty with them. Some dodgy English accents and bad Chinese make-up highlight the unreality, but there's also some striking production design and the film at least taps into the sado-masochistic attraction/revulsion that is such a key part of Sax Rohmer's original novels.

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