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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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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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Runtime:

(15 chapters) | (recut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Dick Tracy's Dilemma (2015) See more »

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The Best Serial Ever.
30 May 2001 | by (California, but not where the cool folks live) – See all my reviews

Atmospheric, exciting, and with a sequential storyline (no!), this serial, IMHO, edges out Flash Gordon (Space Soldiers) and Hawk of the Wilderness as best serial of all time. Some prefer caped comic book heroes, but we have here a coherent plot, a hugely sinister villain (not to mention his dreadful daughter, Fah Lo Suee), and unforgettable cliffhangers, one after another. If you haven't seen this, you don't know what a serial can be.


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