WriterSax Rohmer, Lloyd Corrigan, Florence Ryerson, George Marion, Jr. Release dateAugust 10, 1929 (1929-08-10) SequelThe Return of Dr. Fu Manchu CastWarner Oland (Dr. Fu Manchu), Neil Hamilton (Dr. Jack Petrie), Jean Arthur (Lia Eltham) Similar moviesSlave of Crime, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Face of Fu Manchu
TaglineDanger - Mystery Thrills
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.
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.