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The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Sharp

Writer:

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Muller
Harry Brogan Harry Brogan ... Gaskell
Francesca Tu ... Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan Archie O'Sullivan ... Chamberlain
Edwin Richfield ... Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Custodian
Peter Mosbacher ... Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)
Ric Young ... Grand Lama (as Eric Young)
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Storyline

Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A killer spray made from Tibetan berries seems to be involved and clues keep leading back to the Thames. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mask of Fu Manchu See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2003)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As a publicity stunt, Producer Harry Alan Towers had Sir Christopher Lee tour European countries choosing a national beauty contest winner from each one, the prize being a part in the movie. 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

The car which goes off the road and is wrecked during the chase sequence is about one decade more recent than the one in which the principals have been driving, and from which they emerge after the wreck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief Magistrate: In the name of Imperial China, your presence is commanded here to witness an execution.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1991 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Follows The Cry of the Nighthawk (1923) See more »

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Radio Revels
(uncredited)
Music by Ivor Slaney
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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An enjoyable film!
26 December 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"The Face of Fu Manchu" is a surprisingly good horror/crime directed by Don Sharp("The Brides of Fu Manchu","Kiss of the Vampire").Fu Manchu was created by British pulp writer Sax Rohmer.This Asian super-villain appeared on screen in early 30's-in "The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu"(1929),"The Return of Fu Manchu"(1930)and in the excellent "The Mask of Fu Manchu"(1932)with Boris Karloff."The Face of Fu Manchu" is the first and best in a series made by exploitation producer Harry Alan Towers.Christopher Lee is excellent as Fu Manchu-the film is stylish and nice to look at.The opening beheading of Lee is a really haunting moment.The other Fu Manchu movies are:"The Brides of Fu Manchu"(1966),"The Vengeance of Fu Manchu"(1967),"The Castle of Fu Manchu"(1969)and "The Blood of Fu Manchu"(1968)-the last two films were directed by Jesus Franco.


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