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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) was a Adventure - Horror Film directed by Charles Vidor and Charles Brabin .

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The Pre-Code blogathon: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

By Caftan Woman on Apr 2, 2015 From Caftan Woman

They had themselves quite a time in Hollywood before the rigid enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in 1934. Join Karen of Shadows and Satin and Danny of Pre-code.com as they host the 2015 Pre-Code Blogathon. Where would pulp/crime fiction of the 20th century be without Chinatown? T... Read full article


"The Mask of Fu Manchu," or Khan You Dig It?

By David on Sep 15, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

The 1932 film "The Mask of Fu Manchu" begins in London, where Smith of the Secret Service (Lewis Stone) calls in explorer Sir Lionel Barton (Lawrence Grant). Smith: The British government is asking you to risk your life again. Barton: Oh, very well. Barton's mission: To lead an expedition to Chi... Read full article


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Fah Lo See: The whip! The whip!


Sheila: [after Fu Manchu has reveald his murderous plans for her and Dr. Von berg] You yellow beast!


Fah Lo See: I have seen a vision, the prophecy is about to be fulfilled. Genghis Khan, masked in his plate of gold, bearing the scimitar that none but he could ever wield comes back to us. I've seen a vision of countless hordes swarming to recapture the world. I've seen them victorious. I've heard the shouts of the dead and the dying drowned by the victorious cries of our people. Genghis Khan comes back! Genghis Khan leads the East against the world!


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As originally scripted, during the torture sequence, it was planned to have Von Berg (Jean Hersholt) suspended over the crocodile pit and Neyland Smith (Lewis Stone) about to be impaled by the walls of spikes. This was reversed when, for reasons unknown, it was thought that a fat captive would make more sense being impaled than a thin one.
Charles Vidor started directing this movie but was fired after a few days of shooting and replaced by Charles Brabin. Filmed August 6-October 21 1932, after "The Old Dark House" and before "The Mummy."
It took Boris Karloff 2.5 hours every morning to apply makeup for this role.
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