Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Article #892 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-24-2003
Posting Date: 1-21-2004
Directed by Lloyd Corrigan
Featuring Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa

An exotic dancer discovers she is the daughter of Fu Manchu, and swears to carry on the family vendetta.

A quick perusal of the title may well lead you to suspect that this will be a yellow peril story, but I was a little surprised that it turned out to be a Fu Manchu movie. It was based on a Sax Rohmer story called “Daughter of Fu Manchu”, and I thought it odd that they would change the title to remove the Fu Manchu name from it. However, there may be reasons for this; there is no Nayland Smith in the story, and most of the detective work is done by an Oriental detective named Ah Kee (Sessue Hayakawa). Also, there isn’t really a whole lot of Fu Manchu (played by Warner Oland), who vanishes from the story at the half-way point. Maybe it was felt that keeping the name Fu Manchu in the title would have left some people feeling cheated. It’s a fairly entertaining movie in its way, though it isn’t anywhere near as memorable as THE MASK OF FU MANCHU with Karloff, but there are some exciting sequences in this one, and some very striking visual moments. My main wish is that my copy of the movie was in better shape.

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