The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

The first of the popular Sax Rohmer (Arthur Sarsfield Ward) mystery novels to be made into a talking feature is a fairly good job, reaching the same level of chilling suspense as the novels and later radio shows. Benevolent looking, overweight Oland (known for his renditions of Charlie Chan) is the evil green-eyed Chinese doctor bent on revenge against...read more

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The first of the popular Sax Rohmer (Arthur Sarsfield Ward) mystery novels to be made into a talking feature is a fairly good job, reaching the same level of chilling suspense as the novels and later radio shows. Benevolent looking, overweight Oland (known for his renditions of Charlie

Chan) is the evil green-eyed Chinese doctor bent on revenge against the British officer who commanded forces during the Boxer rebellion. It was during this time that Oland's wife and son were killed, warping the doctor's mind to the extent that all he can think about is vengeance. To assist him,

he uses the daughter of an English official killed during the Rebellion. The girl is put into a trance and forced to do Oland's dirty work. After having killed several of the British officers he is after, Oland then attempts to gain vengeance against King and son Hamilton. But before this can

happen, Scotland Yard is aware of Oland's pattern, and warns King before he meets with a disastrous end. Oland is quite convincing in the title role that would later be shared by such greats as Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. The eerie atmosphere and steadily building suspense make this early

entry in the series as frightening as those made in the 1960s.

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