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The Face of Fu Manchu -- Christopher Lee plays the malevolent anti-hero of the popular Sax Rohmer novels for the first time in The Face of Fu Manchu.

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Writers:
Sax Rohmer (characters)
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!
Plot:
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
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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 Franklyn ... Morgue Attendant (as John Franklin)
Conor Evans ... River Police Officer
Derek Young ... Village Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Lally ... Boy in Village (uncredited)

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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
89 min | UK:92 min (2003)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: When arming the bomb prop, Nayland Smith first plugs in some wires before pretending to turn a black dial, which clearly doesn't move.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Soundtrack:
Radio RevelsSee more »

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Another face behind Fu Manchu, 18 April 2010
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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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