Harry Agar Lyons

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Harry Agar Lyons (1 April 1878 – 1944) was an Irish-born British actor.[1] He is best known for playing Fu Manchu in a series of fifteen silent films called The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu all filmed in 1923, followed by a 1924 series of eight additional Fu Manchu films under the title The Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu Manchu. Lyons starred in the title role of all 23 movies, all of which featured Fu's ongoing battle with his two British nemeses, Sir Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie. Both series were produced by Oswald Stoll (see List of Stoll Pictures films), who had earlier produced a 1915 film version of another of Sax Rohmer's "Yellow Peril" novels, The Yellow Claw[2].

In spite of the many films in which Lyons played an Oriental character, the obviously British actor "put forth little effort to make himself seem anything other than Caucasian". He later starred as Dr. Sin Fang, another Asian character, in a low-budget 1928 silent film series. His last film, the cheaply-made 1938 Chinatown Nights, also featured the Sin Fang character[3].

Lyons was born in Cork, Ireland and died in Wandsworth, London, England, UK in 1944 at age 72.

The 1923 "Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu" film series[edit]

  • 1. The Scented Envelopes (a lost film)
  • 2. The West Case
  • 3. The Clue of the Pigtail
  • 4. The Call of Siva
  • 5. The Miracle
  • 6. The Fungi Cellars
  • 7. The Knocking on the Door
  • 8. The Cry of the Nighthawk
  • 9. Aaron's Rod (partial print exists)
  • 10.The Fiery Hand
  • 11.The Man With the Lamp
  • 12.The Queen of Hearts
  • 13.The Silver Buddha
  • 14.The Sacred Order
  • 15.Shrine of the Seven Lamps[4]

The 1924 "Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu Manchu" film series[edit]

  • 1. The Midnight Summons
  • 2. The Coughing Horror
  • 3. Cragmire Tower
  • 4. The Green Mist
  • 5. The Cafe L'Egypte
  • 6. The Golden Pomegranates
  • 7. Karanmaneh
  • 8. Greywater Park[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/individual/148387
  2. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016)."Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p.258.{ISBN|978-1936168-68-2}}.
  3. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 268.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  4. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror". Midnight Marquee. p.268. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  5. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror". Midnight Marquee. page 278. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

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