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The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929)

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 »

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Rowland V. Lee (uncredited)

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Lloyd Corrigan (dialogue), Lloyd Corrigan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Dr. Fu Manchu
Neil Hamilton ... Dr. Jack Petrie
Jean Arthur ... Lia Eltham
O.P. Heggie ... Inspector Nayland Smith
William Austin ... Sylvester Wadsworth
Claude King ... Sir John Petrie
Charles A. Stevenson Charles A. Stevenson ... General Petrie
Evelyn Selbie ... Fai Lu
Noble Johnson ... Li Po
Laska Winter ... Fu Mela
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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 child are killed by foreigners. Enraged, he vows to take his revenge on the British army officers he holds responsible for the killings. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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DANGER - MYSTERY THRILLS You'll never forget See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu See more »

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Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The title was changed from "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu." Some advertising material carries the original title. See more »

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Followed by Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) See more »

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VERY hard to sit through
28 May 2018 | by gridoon2018See all my reviews

Film buffs might want to check out what Warner Oland was doing before his Charlie Chan days, and what Jean Arthur was doing before her Frank Capra days, but others might want to steer clear of "The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu": it's stilted, static, uninvolving and overlong. Fu Manchu's deadliest power appears to be his ability to bore his captives to death; he never stops talking and talking and talking and talking. *1/2 out of 4.


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