The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, Lewis Stone

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Boris Karloff plays the sinister Dr. Fu Manchu, the villainous antagonist of Sax Rohmer's novels, as the devil incarnate. This time around he wants to use the funerary mask of Ghengis Khan to stir up a revolt in the Far East as the British Foreign Office seeks to beat him to the draw by capturing the artifact first. The film, which is laden with "yellow peril" stereotyping, includes some quite explicit scenes of kinky pre-Code sex involving the sadistically depraved daughter of Fu Manchu (Myrna Loy) and a pretty boy (Charles Starrett) who appears on screen draped only in an MGM loincloth. However, The Mask of Fu Manchu has one brilliantly photographed and staged episode when archaeologists unearth the tomb of Ghengis Khan that is well worth seeing. The main titles give sole directing credit to Charles Brabin, but apparently Charles Vidor (Gilda) also worked on the movie uncredited.
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Plot & Themes

Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Fantasy/Magic in story?    -   Yes Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   magical artifact

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Desert?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives

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