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Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 15 March 1940 (USA)
The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and ... See full summary »

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Feature version of the 1940 Republic serial "Drums of Fu Manchu."

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard
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The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and his associates fight to keep the evil doctor from getting his hands on the keys. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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RUTHLESS DICTATORSHIP (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure

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15 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fu Manchu  »

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$166,312 (estimated)
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(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Titles: 1) Fu Manchu Strikes, 2) The Monster, 3) Ransom in the Sky, 4) The Pendulum of Doom, 5) The House of Terror, 6) Death Dials a Number, 7) Vengeance of the Si Fan, 8) Danger Trail, 9) The Crystal of Death, 10) Drums of Doom, 11) The Tomb of Genghis Khan, 12) Fire of Vengeance, 13) The Devil's Tattoo, 14) Satan's Surgeon, 15) Revolt See more »

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Opening Credits: The Main Actors are depicted as coming from an incense burner. See more »

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Referenced in Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004) See more »

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Fu Manchu seeks the scepter of Ghenghis Khan so he can rule Asia.
18 July 2002 | by (Lafayette, Ind.) – See all my reviews

One of the best serials ever made because of superior acting, especially Henry Brandon as Fu Manchu, the atmospheric photography and the script, which is superior than the usual simplistic scripts associated with cliffhangers. Some great special effects, especially the chapter one cliffhanger, as well as the sinister ending to chapter 5, which raises goosebumps. This movie is available on VHS and DVD, and is well worth the time.


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