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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Fu Manchu
... Nayland Smith
... Sheila Barton
... Terrence Granville
... Fah Lo See
... Von Berg
... Sir Lionel Barton
... McLeod
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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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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máscara de Fu-Manchú  »

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$327,627 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Fu Manchu waves the sword through an electrical array, Kenneth Strickfaden takes the place of Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu. See more »

Goofs

Genghis Khan's skeleton is clearly a medical school skeleton. The removable top of the skull is very noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Nayland Smith: Lionel, the British Government is asking you to risk your life again.
Sir Lionel Barton: Oh, very well.
Nayland Smith: All right, then.
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Connections

Followed by The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) See more »

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Plot Holes Large Enough to Drive a Semi Through
4 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Once you get past a knighted member of the British Secret Service (Lewis Stone) doesn't have a British accent, but Fu Manchu does. Another knighted Brit (Lawrence Grant) does have a British accent but his daughter (Karen Morely) does not. Somehow, Fu Manchu has people hiding in sarcophagi dressed as mummies in the British Museum, plus one guy who appears to be wearing a beret inside a sarcophagus, but disappears. Once you overlook all this, and a few other things, such as the British finding Genghis Khan's tomb in about the same amount of time that Sir Lionel Barton is kept under a constantly ringing bell, this is actually pretty entertaining.

You have Karloff as Fu Manchu who has all these elaborate methods of torture and killing people, and like in the Bond films, people tend to escape before dying. At one point, Karloff looks a bit like Carmen Miranda at the Carnival in Rio. Myrna Loy, as others have commented, seems to be a sadistic nymphomaniac, which for some people, is quite possibly the perfect mate.

Overlook all of the things that don't make a lot of sense and just enjoy!


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