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Irene Kuhn (screen play) &
Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
5 November 1932 (USA) See more »
The Frankenstein of the Orient!
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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  (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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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:(Banned) (1933) | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Nayland Smith:[pointing to a snake] Is this a friend of your family's?
Fu Manchu:It is not wise to insult your host, Sir Nayland. If it were not the easy way out, I would kill you now.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Grindhouse Universe (2008) (V)See more »


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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Scientific Rape, 13 June 2005
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Many, many times a movie can be worthwhile when it does no more than create and display a strange world. Almost always that's the case where the world is new and/or synthesized from previous abstract sources.

"Metropolis" of five years earlier is often celebrated as a film. Its only value is in the art design, but that's miraculous in a way. Unfortunately the story is as thuggishly stupid as the notions it criticizes. And that mars a movie for me.

This one is even more clever in the visual world it creates. And yes the story is dumb, and also racist. But it is not hypocritical: all the people involved are dishonorable, worthy of a Tod Browning script.

The visual notions are astonishingly varied. Nominally this is a mystical Chinese (Northern Chinese, more deeply mystical) environment added to a 30's German-influenced visual depiction of science. There are lots of "electrical" visuals, zaps and blinkers. Abstractions of reality dominate: staircases that stand alone: monumental pedestals and other features in internal spaces; statues and icons that become characters from props.

The styles aren't Chinese at all but borrowed from any place or era with an association with the mystical.

Deep, deep shadows. Many ceremonial movements in everyday tasks (as well as ceremonies). Vast ambitions, though this was commonplace by then. Direct precode references to sex and the implication that somehow rape on a national scale had something to do with mystical/ scientific power.

(Remember, this is BEFORE Hitler's ascendancy.)

The story and most characters are irrelevant and that underscores the effect of the tone.

Watch Indiana Jones if you must, if you need movement. Watch this if you want to be saturated with cinematic color.

Ted's Evaluation -- 4 of 3: Every cineliterate person should experience this.

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