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Dr Sin Fang: The Adventure of the Torture Cage
Dr Sin Fang: The Adventure of the Torture Cage

Dr Sin Fang: The Adventure of the Torture Cage 1928

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Dr Sin Fang: The Adventure of the Torture Cage 1928

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Fred Paul

In this only surviving episode of action-adventure serial Dr Sin Fang, Lt John Byrne and Bill Riggers are on the hunt for the criminal doctor, who is hell-bent on locating a lost ‘sacred seal’. A trader hoping to make a quick buck on the seal is lured to Fang’s lair, where he and Riggers are held prisoner in Fang’s torture cage. Only Byrne’s fiancée, Betty Harbray, can save the day.

Dr. Sin Fang borrowed many of the performers (and plot conceits) from the hugely successful Fu-Manchu serials. Producer Fred Paul had played Nayland Smith in The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu and went on to direct The Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu Manchu. Star Harry Agar Lyons brings much of Fu-Manchu to his portrayal of the lesser-known, but equally evil, Sin Fang. This serial was made on a much lower budget than Fu-Manchu and only ran to six parts - this was the fifth.

Directed by

Fred Paul

Featuring

Fred Paul

Harry Agar Lyons

Evelyn Arden

Wally Patch

Genres

Film serial Action and Adventure

Tags

Chinese people

Collection

Tales of Old Chinatown

Released

1928

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Fred Paul & A.M. Brooks

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