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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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Budget:

$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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Trivia

Republic Pictures planned to make a second "Fu Manchu" serial with Henry Brandon reprising the title role. The project was scrapped for diplomatic reasons, after the U.S. allied with China when it entered World War II. Brandon never worked in the serial genre again. 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: Phantom of Chinatown (2015) See more »

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18 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt,this is one of the top three serials from Republic.Along with "Adventures of Captain Marvel" and "Adventures of Red Ryder"[my top three],this is one of the few serials where the villian is more dynamic than the hero.Henry Brandon IS FU Manchu.William Royle and Bob Kellard are adequate as the heroes,but Brandon draws the most attention.Chapter endings are believable,same for the resolutions.Photography by William Nobles,Music by Cy Feuer,and direction by Whitney and English,all add up to 15 chapters of great serial action.


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