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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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(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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Follows The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) See more »

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Possibly best serial ever
7 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I still enjoy Zorro's Fighting Legion and Perils of Nyoka more, but the story, acting and international atmosphere( the scene on the China Clipper is straight out of James Bond) make this serial a class A production. The final scene suggests a sequel as does the mystery of whether Fu Manchu's daughter was actually killed. But WW2 changed our racial profiling, shifting from China to Japan. No more Chinese bad guys, but Pearl Buck movies. But, if a Fu Manchu seemed far fetched at the time, 911 changed that. The Islamic world has several.This may actually be an insult to Fu Manch whose determination and sincerity almost arouse our admiration. Or maybe it is Brandon's brilliant acting.


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