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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors:

Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor (uncredited)

Writers:

Irene Kuhn (screen play), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Fu Manchu
Lewis Stone ... Nayland Smith
Karen Morley ... Sheila Barton
Charles Starrett ... Terrence Granville
Myrna Loy ... Fah Lo See
Jean Hersholt ... Von Berg
Lawrence Grant ... Sir Lionel Barton
David Torrence ... McLeod
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Storyline

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and his diabolical daughter will enslave the world! Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The Frankenstein of the Orient!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La máscara de Fu-Manchú See more »

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Budget:

$327,627 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It took MGM makeup artist Cecil Holland 2.5 hours every morning to apply makeup to Boris Karloff for this role. See more »

Goofs

While he is Fu Manchu's prisoner, it is an important plot point that Sir Lionel Barton has had his hand cut off by Fu, his severed hand falling out of a tree and being discovered by Terrence Granville. But later, when Barton's body is abandoned in front of the expedition headquarters after his murder, he clearly (in long shot) has both hands. See more »

Quotes

Fah Lo See: The whips!
[black slaves start whipping Terrence, Fat Lo See becomes aroused]
Fah Lo See: Ay! Faster! Faster! Faster, faster! Faster, faster!
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KARLOFF WANTS TO EXTERMINATE THE WHITE RACE!
23 May 2003 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Dr. Fu Manchu(Boris Karloff) is a ruthless oriental who desires to obtain the ceremonial mask and sword of Genghis Khan. He believes if he secures these two sacred items, his leadership over the hordes of Asia will exterminate the white race so that he will rule the world. Professor Von Berg (Jean Hersholt, radio veteran of "Poems That Touch the Heart") and Nayland Smith(Lewis Stone) of Scotland Yard try to prevent Fu Manchu from getting these important relics. These members are subject to murder and torture and are even sentenced to death in the crocodile pit. Fah Lo See(Myrna Loy,wife of Wm. Powell in the "Thin Man Series")is a very sexual daughter of Fu Manchu who wants to make a young expedition member Terry Granville(Charles Starrett) to be her slave for life. Boris Karloff spoke for the first time in his second career in this film after " Frankenstein". Sax Rohmer who wrote the novel wanted Karloff because of his natural lisp to make it sound like a snake-like hissing in his hateful role as Fu Manchu. It is a must see film and a great film classic for all generations.


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