The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Charles Brabin and an uncredited Charles Vidor.

Plot Summary

An expedition of English adventurers rush to find the tomb of Ghengis Khan, racing the evil genius Dr who is also looking for Khan's last resting place. If he can find the arcane relics supposedly stored in the tomb, he and his daughter will be able to use their powers to rule the world.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor *
Copyright MCMXXXII in U.S.A. by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Cosmopolitan Production. Controlled by Loew's Incorporated
Screen Play by: Irene Kuhn, Edgar Allan Woolf and John Willard
From the Story by: Sax Rohmer
Assistant Director: John Waters *
Photographed by: Tony Gaudio
Film Editor: Ben Lewis
Music: William Axt *
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Sound: Anstruther MacDonald *
Western Electric Sound System
Gowns by: Adrian
Make Up: Cecil Holland *
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons

Boris Karloff (Dr Fu Manchu)
Lewis Stone (Nayland Smith)
Karen Morley (Sheila)
Charles Starrett (Terrence Granville)
Myrna Loy (Fah Lo See)
Jean Hersholt (Von Berg)
Lawrence Grant (Sir Lionel Barton)
David Torrence (McLeod)
Willie Fung [ship's steward – uncredited]
Ferdinand Gottschalk, C. Montague Shaw [ officials – uncredited]
E. Allyn Warren [Fu Manchu messenger – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

La máscara de Fu-Manchú – Spanish title
La maschera di Fu Manciu – Italian title
Maska doktora Fu Manchu – Polish title
Die Maske des Fu-Manchu – German title
Le Masque d'or – French title
Der Teufel des Ostens – Austrian title

See also
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
Daughter of the Dragon (1931)
Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)
Drums of Fu Manchu (1943)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu (1980)
Die Folterkammer des Dr Fu Man Chu (1969)
Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)
The Mysterious Dr Fu Manchu (1929)
The Return of Dr Fu Manchu (1930)
Slaying the Dragon (1988)
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)



  • American Cinematographer vol.76 no.1 (January 1995) pp.68-74 – illustrated article, credits
  • Cinema Booking Guide Supplement vol.2 no.7 (January 1933) p.11 –
  • Classic Images no.332 (February 2003) p.33 – illustrated article
  • Image et Son no.256 (January 1972) pp.124-125 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.524 (September 1977) pp.202 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Picturegoer vol.2 no.95 (18 March 1933) p.26 – review
  • Starburst no.55 (1983) pp.44-46 – illustrated article


  • After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film by Alison Peirse p.29
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.52 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.88
  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.68-72; 372
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.21, 62-65, 67, 103, 165; 190 – notes; credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.42
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr pp.3
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn p.129-136 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Films from the Genre's Golden Age by Gregory William Mank pp.53-88
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.251
  • by Walt Lee p.292 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.409
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.310-313 – illustrated review (by John Sewell)
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.163