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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
RUTHLESS DICTATORSHIP (original ad - all caps) See more »
The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Brandon ... Dr. Fu Manchu
William Royle ... Sir Dennis Nayland Smith

Robert Kellard ... Allan Parker
Gloria Franklin ... Fah-Lo-Suee
Olaf Hytten ... Dr. Flinders Petrie
Tom Chatterton ... Prof. Edward Randolph

Luana Walters ... Mary Randolph
Lal Chand Mehra ... Sirdar Prahni [Chs 9-10]
George Cleveland ... Dr. James Parker [Ch.1]

John Dilson ... Prof. Ezra Howard [Chs.5-6]

John Merton ... Loki

Dwight Frye ... Prof. Anderson [Ch.5]
Wheaton Chambers ... Dr. Humphrey [Chs.2-3]
George Pembroke ... C.W. Crawford
Guy D'Ennery ... Ranah Sang [Chs.1,7; b.g.4]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Blake, Randolph's Assistant [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Chang [Ch.4] (uncredited)
John Bagni ... Dangra - Spy at Fort [Ch.8] (uncredited)
Ann Baldwin ... Miss Frisbie - Winchester's Secretary [Ch.1] (uncredited)
Robert Blair ... Police Sergeant at Randolph's [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Fort Telegrapher [Ch.13] (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Dacoit 2 on Train [Chs.1-2] (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Dacoit 13 in Asia [Chs.9-12] (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Tartar [Chs. 14-15] (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... High Lhama [Ch.15] (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Dacoit 7 at Headquarters [Chs.3-6] (uncredited)
Bert Dillard ... Dacoit 16 in Fu Manchu's Hut [Ch.14-15] (uncredited)
Akim Dobrynin ... Solar Mirror Native [Ch.9] (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Tartar [Chs. 14-15] (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Dacoit (uncredited)
James Flatley ... Pegai, Dacoit 4 [Chs.1-2] (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Wax Museum Dacoit (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray ... Stewardess [Ch.6] (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Clay Street Dacoit 6 [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Alan Gregg ... Dacoit 5 Pilot [Chs.1, 3-4] (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Tribal Chieftain [Chs.12-14; b.g.1,4,7-8] (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Cardo, Howard's Servant [Ch.5] (uncredited)
John Judd ... Dacoit 17 in Fu Manchu's Hut [Chs.14-15] (uncredited)
Edward Kaye ... Dacoit 3 on Wires [Ch.1] (uncredited)

Bert LeBaron ... Railroad Fireman [Chs.1-2] (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Chinese Si Fan Member [Chs.1,4,7-8,14] (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Sentry [Ch.8] (uncredited)

Paul Marion ... Si-Fan Messenger at Hotel [Ch.7] (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Koomerow's Aide [Ch.13, background] (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Fort Gate Sentry [Ch. 13] (uncredited)
Tofik Mickey ... Hindu Si Fan Member [Chs.1,4,7-8,14] (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Cleanshaven Villainous Native [Chs.13-14] (uncredited)
Norman Nesbitt ... Wally Winchester [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Bill Nind ... Lhama's Telegrapher [Ch.13] (uncredited)
Tony Paton ... Temple Guard [Chs.9-10] (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Railroad Mail Car Clerk [Ch.1] (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Prof. Krantz [Ch.6] (uncredited)
Paul Renay ... Nihala Tribe Chief Kandhar [Chs.14-15] (uncredited)
Vinegar Roan ... Dacoit 11 in Temple, Killed by Arrow [Chs.9-10] (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Dacoit 10 Looking in Window [Ch.4] (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Scarred Native (uncredited)

Ernest Sarracino ... Dowlah Rao - Arrested Dacoit 9 [Ch.5] (uncredited)
Carl Sepulveda ... Mustachio'd Villainous Native [Chs.13-14] (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Police Lieutenant Corrigan at Wax Museum [Ch.5] (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Tartar Si Fan Member [Chs.1,4,7-8,14] (uncredited)
Walter Stiritz ... Koomerow's Aide [Ch.13, background] (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Police Lt. Wade at Winchester's Office [Ch.1] (uncredited)

George Suzanne ... Dacoit (uncredited)
Al Taylor ... Dacoit 8 at Headquarters, Howard's and Lee's [Chs.4-6] (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Shanghai St. / Wax Museum Dacoit 18 [Chs. 1, 5] (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Maj. Carlton [Chs.8,13-15] (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Crawford's Manservant [Ch.7] (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Temple Guard [Chs.9-10] (uncredited)
Francis Walker ... Koomerow, Lhama's Emissary [Ch.13] (uncredited)
John Ward ... British Consul Wilson [Ch.7] (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Dacoit 14 with Microphone [Chs.10-12] (uncredited)

Ted Wells ... Dacoit 15 Wearing Hat [Chs. 11-13] (uncredited)
Bill Wilkus ... Dacoit 12 in Temple [Chs.9-10] (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Tartar [Chs. 14-15] (uncredited)
Bob Woodward ... Tribesman (uncredited)

Bill Yrigoyen ... Hillsman with Knife [Chs.12-13] (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Dacoit (uncredited)

Directed by
John English 
William Witney 
Writing credits
Sax Rohmer (book)

Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) and
Morgan Cox (original screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox) and
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) and
Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) and
Barney A. Sarecky (original screenplay) and
Sol Shor (original screenplay)

Produced by
Hiram S. Brown Jr. .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cy Feuer 
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
William Lava (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William Nobles (photography)
Film Editing by
William P. Thompson  (as William Thompson)
Edward Todd 
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay 
Set Decoration by
Morris Braun (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... unit manager
Al Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
Charles L. Lootens .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunt double: George Pembroke (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Robert Kellard (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Wells .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Woodward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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269 min (15 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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) RevoltSee more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
REVIEW, 18 February 2002
Author: tomwal from United States

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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