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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Who will reach the tomb of Ghengis Khan first?  The English explorers or the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu who plan on harnessing the power of the tomb's relics to dominate the world?  Mu-ha-ha-ha.  Boris Karloff is great at the evil doctor.  Kudos to make up artist Cecil Holland for doing an amazing job of transforming an Indian into an Asian.  The result is quite remarkable.  Furthermore, Karloff's ability to embody the role goes a long way toward convincing the audience he's from the Orient.

Although the film is classified as sci-fi/horror, it feels more like an action/adventure film.  Director Charles Brabin keeps the story moving along nicely and also gives us a visual feast that I'm sure felt very exotic to 1930's audiences.  Not surprisingly, the best scenes  take place within the tomb.

Myrna Loy is also delightful as Fah Lo See.  Her costume is fantastic and she has a silent intensity about her that works well in the role.  The rest of the cast is solid as well.

So, if you're looking for horror, you might be disappointed.  If, however you're looking for a nice 1930's action tale then you will find Mask of Fu Manchu quite enjoyable.  This one is a must-see for Karloff fans.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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