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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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Stars: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard
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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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Taglines:

CRUEL, INSIDIOUS IN HIS MAD SCHEME TO CONQUER ASIA! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$166,312 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 chapters) | (recut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of only two Hollywood productions in which character actor Henry Brandon received top billing. The other was When the North Wind Blows (1974). See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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Fu Manchu seeks the scepter of Ghenghis Khan so he can rule Asia.
18 July 2002 | by bobbloomSee all my reviews

One of the best serials ever made because of superior acting, especially Henry Brandon as Fu Manchu, the atmospheric photography and the script, which is superior than the usual simplistic scripts associated with cliffhangers. Some great special effects, especially the chapter one cliffhanger, as well as the sinister ending to chapter 5, which raises goosebumps. This movie is available on VHS and DVD, and is well worth the time.


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