Black SplatThe Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

"The torture of the bells. It never stops. You will be frantically thirsty. You will be unspeakably foul. But there you will lie, day after day, until you tell..."

The Mask of Fu Manchu - The Evil Dr. Fu Manchu Tortures His Captive

Description: Boris Karloff as Asian madman Dr. Fu Manchu who prepares to torture his captive Sir Lionel Barton (Lawrence Grant) beneath a large bell to make him reveal the secret of the tomb of Genghis Khan in the motion picture The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932).

The film beginn with a search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, that allegedly contains a sword and mask that will let whoever owns it rule the world. An expedition of Englishmen hope to find the mysterious relic first and keep it from the hands of the evil Dr. Fu Manchu, who along with his sinister daughter Fah Lo See (Myrna Loy) want to use the sword and mask to pose as the reincarnation of the legendary conqueror and insight the peoples of Asia and the Middle East into a war to “Kill the white man and take his women!”

On the side of the good are Sir Denis Nayland Smith (Lewis Stone) of the British Secret Service; Egyptologist Sir Lionel Barton (Lawrence Grant); Sheila Barton (Karen Morley), Sir Lionel's daughter; her fiance Terrence "Terry" Granville (Charles Starrett); Von Berg (Jean Hersholt); and the unlucky McLeod (David Torrence) who is killed by Fu Manchu's followers. As the rest of the group seach for the illusive tomb, Fu Manchu kidnaps Nayland Smith and tortures him to extract information about the location of the tomb.

Fu Manchu believes that “In the East, they have ways of shattering the strongest courage.” His methods of persuasion include the constant, maddening clang of a bell; a room with walls filled with every approaching knives' a teeter-totter over a crocodile pit; and a serum that enslaves. BUt despite his attempts, Nayland Smith refuses where the tomb is located. Meanwhile, his partners find the sword and mask, but are eventually captured.

In the end, Fu Manchu, raises the mystical sword to decapitate Shela, but Nayland Smith directs an electrical death ray and incapacites the villian, which leaves Terry time to pick up the sword and hack Fu Manchu to death. Then Nayland Smith and Von Berg incinerate Fu Manchu's followers with the death ray.

As our intrepid heroes travel back to England by boat, Nayland Smith throws Khan's sword to the bottom of the sea, thus preventing the deadly relic from ever being used again.

The Mask of Fu Manchu - Fu Manchu holds the sword of Genghis Khan

“You hideous yellow monster, do you mean to destroy us all?”

The Mask of Fu Manchu - Torture Chamber

Can Von Berg survive the wall of a hundred knives?

The Mask of Fu Manchu -  Movie Poster

The Mask of Fu Manchu -  Movie Poster

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