racechange: The Mask of Fu Manchu

The movie

Sir Nayland Smith seeks the mask and sword of the infamous Genghis Khan but is confronted by Fu Manchu and his daughter Fah Lo See (Myrna Loy) who want the mask and sword for their diabolical plan to conquer the world.

Ah those were the days, when the British Secret Service could plunder graves in the Gobi desert without anyone raising an eyebrow.

Fah Lo See was one of Myrna Loy’s last ‘exotic’ roles (vamp, Narita, slave girl, Mulatta, living statue etc) before she became everybody’s favourite American housewife in The Thin Man.

The makeup

Makeup artist Cecil Holland may not have made Myrna Loy look very Chinese but he certainly helped her look sinister.