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Director:
Writers:
Sax Rohmer (characters)
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!
Plot:
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very entertaining and a treat for Christopher Lee fans. See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Fu Manchu

Nigel Green ... Nayland Smith
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Carl Jannsen

Karin Dor ... Maria Muller

James Robertson Justice ... Sir Charles
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

Tsai Chin ... Lin Tang
Walter Rilla ... Prof. Muller
Harry Brogan ... Prof. Gaskell

Francesca Tu ... Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan ... Chamberlain
Edwin Richfield ... Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch ... Custodian
Peter Mosbacher ... Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)

Ric Young ... Grand Lama (as Eric Young)
Deborah DeLacey ... Slave Girl (as Deborah De Lacey)

Jim Norton ... Mathius
Jack O'Reilly ... Constable
Peter Mayock ... Soldier
Aiden Grennell ... Security Guard
Ray Mackin ... Soldier
Kevin Flood ... Traffic Policeman
John Franklin ... Morgue Attendant
Conor Evans ... River Police Officer
Derek Young ... Village Official

Directed by
Don Sharp 
 
Writing credits
Sax Rohmer (characters)

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Oliver A. Unger .... executive producer (as Oliver Unger)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Whelen 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Art Direction by
Frank White 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Box .... hairdresser (as Ann Box)
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Comfort .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barrie Melrose .... assistant director
Anthony B. Unger .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Cameron .... sound recordist
Fred Hughesdon .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator: second unit (as H.A.R. Thompson)
Michael Browne .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John Colville .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Whelen .... conductor
Ivor Slaney .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
89 min | UK:92 min (2003)
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
As a publicity stunt, producer Harry Alan Towers had Christopher Lee tour European countries choosing a national beauty contest winner from each one, the prize being a part in the film. However, despite their decorative appearances in Fu Manchu's cave headquarters, none of these beauties was allowed to utter a line as they were not members of Equity.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very entertaining and a treat for Christopher Lee fans., 10 August 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

The legendary Boris Karloff played the fiendish Dr. Fu Manchu back in 1932. Who else than Christopher Lee would be able to bring this notorious screen-villain back to life? Karloff and Lee both have an amazing charisma and disguised in many evil characters before…The Yellow Peril Dr. Fu Manchu surely is one that speaks most to the imagination. In this first film of the new series, Dr. Fu Manchu hypnotized a look-alike of his and this person was decapitated. While everybody initially believes Fu Manchu is dead, vicious events start to happen again. The clever archenemy of Fu Manchu, Scotland Yard's Nayland Smith, once again opens the hunt for this diabolical doctor.

The Face of Dr. Fu Manchu isn't a very suspenseful film and the script (written by the legendary producer Harry Alan Towers) hasn't got any compelling aspects to offer. Yet, it's enormous fun to see Lee act at his fiendish best and horror fans will enjoy watching all his terrific torturing-tricks! Director Don Sharp (also known for his brilliantly insane film `Psychomania') makes great use of the ominous locations and the scenery and all the rest is up to Lee and a surprisingly good performance by Nigel Green! The Face of Fu Manchu meant the start of a new series of film, all starring Lee as the abominable Dr. Four sequels followed, of which the last two were directed by Jess `Godfather of Sleaze' Franco. Every single film is worth watching only because they're so much fun! Don't ever expect a masterpiece, though! If you do desire to stumble upon a masterpiece, track down `The Mask of Fu Manchu' starring Boris Karloff.

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