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Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Christopher Lee, Nigel Green, Joachim Fuchsberger
Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Christopher Lee, Douglas Wilmer, Heinz Drache
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor
Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

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 »

Directors: Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson
Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Howard Marion-Crawford
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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 »

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In his remote Asian hideaway the evil Fu Manchu plots the death and discredit of his arch rival, Inspector Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, as the first step in his plan to become leader of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Summers
Stars: Christopher Lee, Tony Ferrer, Tsai Chin
Certificate: M Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Fu Manchu inoculates ten women with poison, to kill ten world leaders.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Howard Marion-Crawford
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Warner Oland, Neil Hamilton, Jean Arthur
Certificate: Passed Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The villainous master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu sets out to destroy the people he holds responsible for the death of his family.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Warner Oland, O.P. Heggie, Jean Arthur
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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 »

Director: Lloyd Corrigan
Stars: Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: John Carradine, Cedric Hardwicke, Rita Gam
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Glen Gordon ...
 Dr. Fu Manchu (13 episodes, 1956)
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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 Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Not bad for a 1950s adventure show, but it is awfully claustrophobic.
14 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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