The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu

The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu

The original film poster
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Written by Sax Rohmer (novel)
Lloyd Corrigan
Florence Ryerson
George Marion, Jr. (uncredited)
Starring Warner Oland
Neil Hamilton
Jean Arthur
O. P. Heggie
Music by Oscar Potoker
Cinematography Harry Fischbeck
Edited by George Nichols Jr.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 10, 1929 (1929-08-10)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu is a 1929 film starring Warner Oland as Dr. Fu Manchu. It was the first Fu Manchu film of the talkie era. It was very loosely based on the novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer.[1]


A young white girl, Lia Eltham, is left in Fu Manchu's care. A British regiment, chasing Boxer rebels, fires on Fu Manchu's home, killing his wife and child. When Lia Eltham grows up, he uses her as an instrument for revenge. Opposing Fu Manchu are Police Inspector Nayland Smith and Dr. Jack Petrie.



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