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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Besides the racism, the film also received lots of controversy for the fact that Fah Lo See is clearly getting off on seeing Terry being whipped. The shot is removed in the 1992 VHS release.
  • Foe Yay: The movie isn't subtle that Fah Lo See wants to have her way with Terry.
  • Ham and Cheese: Myrna Loy claimed in her book that this was her and Boris Karloff's attitude towards such a pulpy story.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fu Manchu's henchmen disguise themselves as mummies to kidnap Sir Lionel. One year later Boris Karloff would star in The Mummy (1932).
  • Ho Yay: Fu Manchu keeps a lot of shirtless bodyguards hanging around his lair. And while Fah Lo See has Terry stripped, it's Fu Manchu who takes it a step further and puts him in a loincloth.
  • Hollywood Homely: Fu Manchu refers to his daughter as "ugly". She's played by screen beauty Myrna Loy.
  • MST3K Mantra: Some argue that if you ignore the blatant Yellow Peril racism of the film, it's actually quite fun to watch.
  • Narm: Terry's Evil Laugh after he hands Sheila and Van Berk over to Fu Manchu's goons, along with Sheila's Big "NO!".
  • Values Dissonance: Yellow Peril racism all over the shop. Fu Manchu wants to conquer all the white people and lead the east against everyone else. There are also some racist caricatures, particularly at the end.

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