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Writers:
Sax Rohmer (book)
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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
RUTHLESS DICTATORSHIP (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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The Best Serial Ever. See more (10 total) »

Cast

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

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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) RevoltSee more »
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Referenced in Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Best Serial Ever., 30 May 2001
Author: paul panzer from California, but not where the cool folks live

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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