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The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 October 1965 (USA)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fu Manchu
... Nayland Smith
... Carl Jannsen
... Maria Muller
... Sir Charles
... Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
... Lin Tang
... Muller
Harry Brogan ... Gaskell
... Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan ... Chamberlain
... Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch ... Custodian
... Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)
... Grand Lama (as Eric Young)
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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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The Mask of Fu Manchu  »

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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 »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Chief Magistrate: In the name of Imperial China, your presence is commanded here to witness an execution.
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Featured in London Labyrinth (1993) See more »

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Radio Revels
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Music by Ivor Slaney
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Probably the best of the Chris Lee 'Fu Manchu' movies
14 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Undoubtedly the best of the series of Fu Manchu films produced in the late 60s, well cast and well directed by Don Sharp, who commendably eschewed camp 'Boys Own' heroics to produce a gripping adventure-thriller. Christopher Lee (as one would expect) is suitably menacing and inscrutable as Fu Manchu, even though the emphasis on his hypnotic eyes is an obvious reference to his role as Dracula. The ever-reliable Nigel Green (Zulu)turns in a solid 'Holmes-ian' performance as Fu Manchu's nemesis Nayland Smith, while James Robertson Justice has a memorable cameo as an irascible museum curator.

The highpoint of the film is undoubtedly the chilling sequence set in a English village, where all the inhabitants have been killed by poisoned gas. It still sends a shiver up the spine. The first sequel, Brides of Fu Manchu, with Douglas Wilmer as Nayland Smith, is watchable, even though it is basically a retread of the first movie, but the films which followed (especially the two directed by the notorious Jess Franco)are absolutely dire.


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