The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

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The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
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Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Written by Lloyd Corrigan
Florence Ryerson
Based onThe Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
by Sax Rohmer
Produced byRowland V. Lee
Starring Warner Oland
O. P. Heggie
Jean Arthur
Neil Hamilton
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 2, 1930 (1930-05-02)
Running time
71-73 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu is a 1930 American pre-Code film directed by Rowland V. Lee. It is the second of three films starring Warner Oland as the fiendish Fu Manchu, who returns from apparent death in the previous film, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929), to seek revenge on those he holds responsible for the death of his wife and child.





It was loosely adapted from the 1916 novel of the same name by Sax Rohmer. [1]

Critical reception

The New York Times critic wrote, "melodramatic as the film is, it is not quite as exciting as its predecessor, The Mysterious Dr. Fu , in which Warner Oland did better work. O.P. Heggie as the inspector, Neil Hamilton as Petrie and Jean Arthur in the rôle of Lia are acceptable." [2]

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  1. "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930)". BFI. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  2. Film review,; accessed August 7, 2015.