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The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

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Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »

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Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Carl Jannsen
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Maria Muller
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Sir Charles
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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Walter Rilla ...
Prof. Muller
Harry Brogan ...
Prof. Gaskell
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Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan ...
Chamberlain
Edwin Richfield ...
Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch ...
Custodian
Peter Mosbacher ...
Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)
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Grand Lama (as Eric Young)
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Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A killer spray made from Tibetan berries seems to be involved and clues keep leading back to the Thames. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!


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24 October 1965 (USA)  »

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The Mask of Fu Manchu  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In New York City, there was a municipal election being held at the time of the film's release, and a creative publicist had posters declaring "Fu Manchu for Mayor" printed. Fu Manchu ultimately wound up with a considerable write-in vote on election day. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie when Smith and Janssen rescue Prof. Muller and set up the bomb they capture Lin Tang, tie her up and gag her. Lin Tang is seen in the following making a great show of struggling against her bonds and even falling behind the bed, so that the guards did not find her when they looked into the room, so she couldn't alert them. So far the story, but looking at the way Lin Tang was tied up she would have been able to remove the gag every time she wanted to and cry out for help. See more »

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Follows The Cry of the Nighthawk (1923) See more »

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Radio Revels
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Music by Ivor Slaney
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Another face behind Fu Manchu
18 April 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

There's a long winded list of Fu Manchu films going back to the 1920s up until 1980, but director Don Sharp and producer/writer Harry Alan Towers' 1965 matinée crime mystery adventure "The Face of Fu Manchu" starring Nigel Green and Christopher Lee in the title role happened to be my first encounter of the callous mastermind Fu Manchu. Quite a low-budget fare, but what makes it a fun outing is Sharp's precisely lean direction makes good use of the detailed location work and moves at a cracking pace (since the chase between nemesis's is a race against the clock) blending together the unpredictable nature of the unfolding narrative/tough action rather well, while upfront actor Nigel Green gives a stellar performance as the persistent detective Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard. Green breathes confidence, and the hearty script ably compels and allows for the strong performances. Lee fits in the calculative role of Manchu and the likes of Tsai Chin and Howard Marion Crawford are durable in their roles. The venturesome tone is bathed in a comic book frame, but I found the music score to be intrusively cued and the conclusion to be somewhat anticlimactic to the actual build-up.


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