The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

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.

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




It was loosely adapted from the 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 rĂ´le of Lia are acceptable."[2]


  1. "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930)". BFI. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  2. Film review,; accessed August 7, 2015.
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