Dr. Fu Manchu, evil genius and possessor of seemingly unlimited financial resources, has pledged to bring about the downfall of western civilization to avenge unknown wrongs of the past. ...
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Dr. Fu Manchu has poisoned the renowned Dr. Hu Yan, who is to appear at a conference of the nations of the world, and replaced him with an impostor who will disrupt the conference's goal--a plan for ...
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »
During the Boxer Rebellion in China during the early 20th century, in which a Chinese secret society attacked all westerners and anyone who associated with them, Dr. Fu Manchu's wife and ... See full summary »
Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, ... See full summary »
Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the ... See full summary »
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 »
Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is ... See full summary »
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Dr. Fu Manchu is trying to take over the world by using the scepter of Genghis Khan, who was hidden in his tomb. With this scepter Fu Manchu gets all the Asian peoples in his power, and ... See full summary »
Dr. Fu Manchu, evil genius and possessor of seemingly unlimited financial resources, has pledged to bring about the downfall of western civilization to avenge unknown wrongs of the past. Only Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith of the Yard is able to thwart his evil plans, ranging from assassination to germ attacks to sparking an all-out war. Written by
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Not bad for a 1950s adventure show, but it is awfully claustrophobic.
Perhaps it's just me, but although I love the idea of an international criminal genius like Fu Manchu, most of the stuff I've seen hasn't been all that good. I liked the old Boris Karloff film. It wasn't great but it did entertain. The Christopher Lee films of the 1960s were, on the other hand, embarrassingly bad--especially as the progressed. Now, with the 1950s TV show, I was once again only moderately interest and nothing more. And, considering the idea for the show, it should have been great.
Like all the other Fu Manchus, this one is unfortunately played by some white guy who squints a lot and sounds a bit like Charlie Chan...a very BAD Charlie Chan. Oddly, one of the shows even had Keye Luke in a supporting role--though he would have been PERFECT in the lead. He was Asian, a fine actor and had a great screen presence. Instead, Glen Gordon does an acceptable but not particularly distinguished job as the baddie. The show is supposed to take place throughout the world--partly places like Macau and Hong Kong. But, like most 1950s TV, it was films on a cramped stage and stock footage of exteriors. SO, it only had adequate production values and looked pretty cheap. As for the scripts and acting, it was all very flat...okay, but no more. The show could have used a strong injection of energy, locales and more inspired acting--and I can see why the series was short-lived. If you are interested, Alpha Video has some of the episodes on DVD.
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