The Brides of Fu Manchu

Synopsis: Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the fathers help him to build a death ray, which he intends to use to take over the world. But Fu's archenemy, Sir Denis Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, is determined not to let that happen...
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Director(s): Don Sharp
Production: 7 Arts
94 min



Let him rise.

Why am I here? Who are you?

- I am Fu Manchu.

- Fu Manchu?

It isn't possible. You died.

Untie the girl.

Monsieur Merlin, you and your daughter

have been brought here...

...because I require your assistance.

You can go to hell.

- Has she been prepared?

- Yes, Father.


Now you have no will.

No desires but to please your masters.

You will obey

only those orders we give you.


Take this knife...

...and place it at the throat of the man

who is your father.


Shall she kill him, Father?

You dare not, if you need my help.

Raise the trapdoor. Tie Shiva to it.

Stop. Ropes will not be necessary.

Shiva is the daughter of a man

skilled in electromagnetic research.

Dr. Ramchand.

- Dr. Ramchand, but he is--

- He is dead.

I found I couldn't trust him.

Now I have no further use

for his daughter.

You murderer.

One slash of the knife

and she will join her father.

- And your daughter has the knife.

- She won't do it.

Even under hypnosis you can't make her

do something against her character.


Cut her free.


Michel, stop. Stop!


It's me, your father.


Did I do well?

I'll kill you.

- I swear I'll kill you.

- You will do exactly as I say.

Or do you wish me to bring

your daughter out of her trance...

...and tell her what she has just done?

It might be interesting to watch... such a young and innocent mind

would accept such knowledge.

What do I have to do?

Well, I'm baffled, Petrie.

It seems so senseless.

Why go to all the trouble of kidnapping

if you're not gonna demand a ransom?

- They're all very beautiful women.

- White slave traffic?

Oh, no, they always go for unknowns.

These are all wives and daughters

of leading industrialists and scientists.

It's probably some crank then,

someone with a grudge.

No, it's too efficient for that.

They've kidnapped 11 women in 18 months

in 10 different countries, Petrie.

And that means a big organization.

Well, there's one comfort.

There's been no kidnapping here

so we don't have to worry about it.

Not officially, no.

Sergeant Spicer, please.

Sergeant, Nayland Smith here.

I want you to get me

every scrap of information you can...

...on these international kidnappings.

No, no. Not just the Merlin girl.

I want you to go back

to the very first one in Shanghai.

Get on to each country and see if they'll

let me have duplicates of their dossiers.

Well, cable them and ask them

to send it airmail. It's urgent.

What are you up to?

I'm studying the enemy, Petrie.

The more we can find out, the more chance

we have of catching them next time.

Next time?

We've no reason to suppose

they won't do it again.

No, there's no reason to suppose

it'll be here in England either.

I find myself almost wishing

they would try it here.

As I told you,

generating the energy was simple.

Our triumph was in transmitting

this energy as sound waves.

From here, we can communicate...

...with any major city in the world.

Monsieur Merlin, look at this.

This is the model

of the transmission aerial...

...that the late Dr. Ramchand

designed for us.

- And that is the receiving end?

- Yes.

That aerial captures the signal

and passes it to--

What shall we call it?

--the wireless set?

The set, what does it do?

The same job as a wireless set.

Turns the signal back

into its original form.

In our case, energy.

This is fantastic. Wonderful.

Heat, light, power, transmitted anywhere

in a matter of seconds.

What do you use it for?

Bombs and shells

create such a small release of energy.

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Harry Alan Towers

Harry Alan Towers (19 October 1920 – 31 July 2009) was a British radio and independent film producer and screenwriter. He wrote numerous screenplays for the films he produced, often under the pseudonym Peter Welbeck. He produced over 80 feature films and continued to write and produce well into his eighties. Towers was married to the actress Maria Rohm who appeared in many of his movies. more…

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