The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930)

73 mins | Melodrama, Mystery | 17 May 1930

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HISTORY

Var reviewed the film under the title Dr. Fu Manchu . Paramount also produced a German-language version of the film. For information on other adaptations of Sax Rohmer's stories about Dr. Fu Manchu, consult the entry above for the 1932 M-G-M production The Mask of Fu Manchu , directed by Charles Brabin and starring Boris Karloff and Lewis ... More Less

Var reviewed the film under the title Dr. Fu Manchu . Paramount also produced a German-language version of the film. For information on other adaptations of Sax Rohmer's stories about Dr. Fu Manchu, consult the entry above for the 1932 M-G-M production The Mask of Fu Manchu , directed by Charles Brabin and starring Boris Karloff and Lewis Stone. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 May 1930.
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Variety
7 May 1930.
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DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Dr. Fu Manchu
Release Date:
17 May 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 2 May 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 May 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1308
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,586
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Having apparently committed suicide from ingesting poison in an earlier adventure, but merely in a state of cataleptic suspension induced by a secret potion, the nefarious Chinese physician is declared dead by Inspector Nayland Smith. Having sworn vengeance on the English families responsible for the death of his wife and son in the Boxer Rebellion, Fu goes to an English estate of the Bartleys, where their nephew, Jack Petrie, is about to marry Lia Eltham: Fai Lu, Lia's Chinese servant, dies mysteriously, and Lia and Lady Agatha are abducted. Fu requests that Jack appear on the moors to save Lia, and Smith, disguised as Jack, attempts the mission and is taken to a deserted dyeworks via airplane. Fu escapes the police, though paralyzed by a bullet wound, and forces Jack to operate on him while Lia is put into a trance. Fu bargains with Smith and his detectives for his freedom but is killed in his attempt to ... +


Having apparently committed suicide from ingesting poison in an earlier adventure, but merely in a state of cataleptic suspension induced by a secret potion, the nefarious Chinese physician is declared dead by Inspector Nayland Smith. Having sworn vengeance on the English families responsible for the death of his wife and son in the Boxer Rebellion, Fu goes to an English estate of the Bartleys, where their nephew, Jack Petrie, is about to marry Lia Eltham: Fai Lu, Lia's Chinese servant, dies mysteriously, and Lia and Lady Agatha are abducted. Fu requests that Jack appear on the moors to save Lia, and Smith, disguised as Jack, attempts the mission and is taken to a deserted dyeworks via airplane. Fu escapes the police, though paralyzed by a bullet wound, and forces Jack to operate on him while Lia is put into a trance. Fu bargains with Smith and his detectives for his freedom but is killed in his attempt to escape. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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