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February 08, 2008

The Shadow of Fu Manchu


I have been gorging on Old Time Radio since I found the massive OTR.Network Library. A recommendation: The radio adaption of Sax Rohmer's The Shadow of Fu Manchu.* With title music running at two minutes plus and just over fourteen minutes an episode it is a little light on content. But thematically the show's "wily oriental" conspiracies echo not only the theory panic which has possessed the entirety of today's higher education but today's global conspiracy against civilization, viz al Qaeda and the like, i.e. an actual oriental conspiracy. Not to mention the ChiComs. Entertainment that these days might only be read ironically should instead be read literally.

Old-time Flea-favs X Minus One and Escape (especially the gothic "Ring of Thoth" and "Casting the Runes") are here. But what I am really looking forward to is I Was A Communist for the FBI. Topical! Now to track down a copy of the film...

* The first half of the series written by Sax Rohmer himself as is Rohmer's sketch of Fu Manchu pictured above.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 8, 2008 06:57 AM


sweet, thanks for that.

Posted by: the sad old goth... [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 8, 2008 06:35 PM

Now the site is not loading. I hope we did not knock them off-line... it is a fair amount of bandwidth streaming those files.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2008 07:06 AM