The Yellow Claw (film)

The Yellow Claw is a 1921 British silent crime film directed by René Plaissetty and starring Sydney Seaward, Arthur M. Cullin and Harvey Braban. The film was shot partly at Cricklewood Studios[2] and ran 68 minutes[3]. It was based on the 1915 novel The Yellow Claw by Sax Rohmer, in which a French detective battles a notorious master criminal named Mr. King.

The Yellow Claw
Directed byRené Plaissetty
Produced byOswald Stoll
Written bySax Rohmer (novel)
Gerard Fort Buckle
StarringSydney Seaward
Arthur M. Cullin
Harvey Braban
Annie Esmond
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Distributed byStoll Pictures
Release date
January 1921
Running time
6,200 feet[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
English intertitles

Producer Stoll went on to release another xenophobic Yellow Peril film called Mr. Wu in 1919 (which was remade in 1927 with Lon Chaney in the lead), a 15-film Fu Manchu series called The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu in 1923, and an eight-film series in 1924 called The Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu Manchu, both series starring Harry Agar Lyons as Fu.[4]


A frightened woman is murdered in the London apartment of a well-known novelist named Henry Leroux. The police arrest Leroux's butler, but he escapes and runs off to a mysterious opium den, the lair of a drug dealer named Mister King. Gaston Max, a detective from Paris, arrives in London to investigate the drug trafficking. Although the police take down the gang, Mr. King escapes and manages to keep his true identity a secret.



  1. Low 1971, p. 485.
  2. Low 1971, p. 124.
  3. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  4. Workman & Howarth 2016, p. 231.


  • Low, Rachael (1971). History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin.
  • Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.</ref>
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