MASK OF FU MANCHU, THE (1932) Portrait of Boris Karloff


Vintage original 10 x 8″ (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, Lewis Stone, Charles Starrett, Karen Morley, dir: Charles Brabin; MGM. With the brilliant success of Universal’s monster films, MGM added a fine contender. In fact, they borrowed the master actor of the genre, Boris Karloff, to play the evil Dr. Fu Manchu. He and his diabolic daughter (Loy) compete with English researchers to find the tomb of Genghis Khan, which is full of powerful relics.

Here is an almost 3D-effect portrait of Boris Karloff as the evil Fu Manchu against an ornate Art Deco set by Cedric Gibbons and company. He is wearing a costume by Adrian. Clarence Bull photographed the portrait stills, though his stamp is not present. It is coded 640x-58 MGM. Minor crease near top right corner, FINE.

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