G | | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
In an early scene, Sir Lionel Barton is kidnapped by Fu Manchu's henchmen masquerading as mummies in the British Museum. The scene was remarkably prescient for star Boris Karloff, who plays Fu Manchu in this film. Karloff's very next role was the titular mummy in The Mummy (1932), one of his most iconic performances.
As I remember, that's the Sing Song shop at a place known as the House of Ten Thousand Joys.
Von Berg: You are going there?
Nayland Smith: Yes. I'm sure that it leads to Fu Manchu.
When Fu Manchu mixes his mind control drug, a giant snake supposedly bites a "sacrificial victim," and Fu Manchu uses a syringe to extract venom from the victim's arm. However, the snake used in the scene is a Burmese python, which is non-poisonous.
In the 1970's, "Mask of Fu Manchu" was cut slightly (by about 2 minutes), removing references deemed particularly offensive to the Asian-American community (including several racial remarks and an extended version of the famous whipping scene). It is actually this cut version which MGM/UA released in the early 1990's on videotape, although the deleted segments were restored for the print of "Mask of Fu Manchu" used for the later laserdisc release "MGM Horror Classics," and the more recent DVD release.
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