Another chapter in the lurid melodramatic series made more or less from the detective stories by Sax Rohmer, English writer. As a picture it's absurd.
Another chapter in the lurid melodramatic series made more or less from the detective stories by Sax Rohmer, English writer. As a picture it’s absurd.Picture has a brisk opening. Fu Manchu (Warner Oland) having been apparently killed in the previous picture, it became necessary to bring him to life again in an elaborate Chinese funeral. The archdemon escapes from his own coffin by a spring door, while an Oriental attendant is sealing the casket with molten lead. He takes up the trail of Dr Petrie all over and the story becomes a checker game between the wily Celestial and the super detective, Nayland Smith. Picture has a nicely staged wedding scene with Jean Arthur looking remarkably beautiful as the bride. Neil Hamilton does all that is possible to hold up the puppet role of the hero and O.P. Heggie is once more the super-human cool Inspector Nayland Smith.
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
Paramount. Director Rowland V. Lee; Screenplay Florence Ryerson, Lloyd Corrigan; Camera Archie J. Stout
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 73 MIN.
Warner Oland Neil Hamilton Jean Arthur O.P. Heggie William Austin Evelyn Hall