The Mask of Fu Manchu
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Boris Karloff stars as the villainous Dr. Fu Manchu in this wild and wooly -- and wildly racist -- adventure yarn, based on Sax Rohmer's fiction about the personification of the "yellow peril." Sir Nayland Smith (Lewis Stone) of the British Secret Service recruits Sir Lionel Barton (Lawrence Grant) to lead an expedition with Prof. Von Berg (Jean Hersholt) and McLeod (David Torrence) to the Gobi Desert, to find the tomb of Genghis Khan and retrieve the scimitar and golden mask held within. To Barton, these are mere archeological trophies, but Smith has learned that Dr. Fu Manchu… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a creaky but entertaining relic from the early sound era. Basically an adventure story...it edges into the horror category thanks to the fiendish torture devices used by the Oriental criminal mastermind - and his sadistic daughter."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"A classic with a towering performance by Karloff as Fu Manchu. Only the movie's overt racism can be a mark against it today."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"An entertaining but politically incorrect hokum escapist adventure story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's no such thing as a really good Fu Manchu film, but Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Manchu is probably as close as one comes."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...the film is filled with high camp, Karloff in droopy mustache and long, curled fingernails and Loy in slinky gown and dangly headdress."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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