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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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Storyline

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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CRUEL, INSIDIOUS IN HIS MAD SCHEME TO CONQUER ASIA! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

15 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fu Manchu  »

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Budget:

$166,312 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(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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Follows The Fungi Cellars (1923) See more »

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9 May 1999 | by (Quispamsis,N.B. Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this serial years ago. It was one of the first seen as a child of eight. It was unique. It fits of course, the formula of Republic Pictures Studios and was a welcome change to the many plots seen in those days, so often repeated and used over and over. Many suspenseful moments. We enjoyed going back the next week to the movie matinee. The swinging pendulum was a big part of the suspense as it got closer and closer. I searched for years to buy this for my collection and still don't have it. I was clearly one of the best saturday cliff-hanger serials.


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