Movie poster for the 1929, pre- Hayes Code, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu.
The first movie appearance of Fu Manchu played by Warner Oland, a Swedish-American, who went on to have a prosperous movie career playing Yellow Face. With characters such as the Chinese detective Charlie Chan and the villain Henry Chang in the high drama Yellow Peril film Shanghai Express with Anna May Wong.
"Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present, with all the resources, if you will, of a wealthy government-- which, however, already has denied all knowledge of his existence. Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man."
- From Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu (1913) by Sax Rohmer