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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Carl Jannsen
Maria Muller
Sir Charles
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Walter Rilla ...
Prof. Muller
Harry Brogan ...
Prof. Gaskell
Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan ...
Edwin Richfield ...
Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch ...
Peter Mosbacher ...
Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)
Grand Lama (as Eric Young)


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 <>

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Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!


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Release Date:

24 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mask of Fu Manchu  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Fu Manchu: [broadcasting by radio] Attention! Attention! This is Fu Manchu. Stand by for an important message. I repeat, this is Fu Manchu. You know now that I must be obeyed, that I am all-powerful. In two more days I shall give my commands. They will be carried out at once... or ten thousand shall die. Ten thousand. And one particular man. That is all.
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24 July 2009 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Since 1923, Sax Rohmer's arch-villain Fu Manchu had been brought from the novels to the screen again and again, the most famous interpretation probably created by Boris Karloff in 1932. Between 1965-68, Christopher Lee starred in 5 more Fu Manchu movies. The German co-producers often added stars from the Edgar Wallace series, such as Joachim Fuchsberger and Karin Dor when the new series opened with "The Face of Fu Manchu". Strangely enough, it begins as if it was a sequel to something, describing Fu Manchu faking his execution while Nayland Smith watches, although we are not told how they got into this situation. Anyway, Fu Manchu comes to London with a weapon of mass destruction, while Smith tries to stop him. Smith had a „feeling" from the beginning that he was cheated at the execution, but it was not completely reasonable for a man like him, since the first hints at new activities were vague. So I thought he might have been be a bit more surprised when he actually meets the criminal mastermind. The last third of the movie is a bit rushed, especially the scenes in Tibet. It is not a perfect movie because it has a few holes, but it was a good start for the new series. I voted 7/8/5/7/4 for the five movies.

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