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Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 15 March 1940 (USA)
The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and ... See full summary »

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Sax Rohmer (book), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Brandon ... Dr. Fu Manchu
William Royle ... Sir Dennis Nayland Smith
Robert Kellard ... Allan Parker
Gloria Franklin ... Fah-Lo-Suee
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Dr. Flinders Petrie
Tom Chatterton ... Prof. Edward Randolph
Luana Walters ... Mary Randolph
Lal Chand Mehra ... Sirdar Prahni [Chs 9-10]
George Cleveland ... Dr. James Parker [Ch.1]
John Dilson ... Prof. Ezra Howard [Chs.5-6]
John Merton ... Loki
Dwight Frye ... Prof. Anderson [Ch.5]
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Dr. Humphrey [Chs.2-3]
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... C.W. Crawford
Guy D'Ennery ... Ranah Sang [Chs.1,7; b.g.4]
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Storyline

The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and his associates fight to keep the evil doctor from getting his hands on the keys. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fu Manchu See more »

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Budget:

$166,312 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(15 chapters) | (recut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Republic Pictures planned to make a second "Fu Manchu" serial with Henry Brandon reprising the title role. The project was scrapped for diplomatic reasons, after the U.S. allied with China when it entered World War II. Brandon never worked in the serial genre again. See more »

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Opening Credits: The Main Actors are depicted as coming from an incense burner. See more »

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Follows Greywater Park (1924) See more »

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Possibly best serial ever
7 November 2007 | by rljones-8See all my reviews

I still enjoy Zorro's Fighting Legion and Perils of Nyoka more, but the story, acting and international atmosphere( the scene on the China Clipper is straight out of James Bond) make this serial a class A production. The final scene suggests a sequel as does the mystery of whether Fu Manchu's daughter was actually killed. But WW2 changed our racial profiling, shifting from China to Japan. No more Chinese bad guys, but Pearl Buck movies. But, if a Fu Manchu seemed far fetched at the time, 911 changed that. The Islamic world has several.This may actually be an insult to Fu Manch whose determination and sincerity almost arouse our admiration. Or maybe it is Brandon's brilliant acting.


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