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A mysterious murder sets Nayland Smith and Petrie once again on the trail of villainous Fu-Manchu, and seeking a strange old stick with magical powers
Crime 1923 28 mins Silent
The first reel of this thrilling episode of The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu is sadly missing, so we join the action halfway through, to find Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie investigating the murder of Abel Slattin, possessor of 'Aaron's Rod', an aboriginal staff thought to have strange powers. This ancient prize is desperately sought by the dreadful Dr Fu-Manchu... and hides an unexpected secret.
Featuring some rather rough-looking fight scenes, and a splendidly unlikely denouement, Aaron's Rod is closely based on incidents in Sax Rohmer's second Fu-Manchu novel, The Devil Doctor (1916).
Tales of Old Chinatown
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A young woman is persuaded to help a Chinese businessman to kidnap a naval officer in this fun and outrageous British thriller.
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Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
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A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
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A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.