Rowland V. Lee

  • Rowland V. Lee – Blind Hearts (1921)

    1921-1930DramaRowland V. LeeSilentUSA

    In 1898 friends John Thomas and Lars Larson travel to the Yukon with their wives to make their fortunes. While in Alaska Thomas’ wife gives birth to a boy, and Larson’s wife has a girl, Julia. However, Larson spots a birthmark on his daughter’s shoulder that resembles one on Thomas’ shoulder, and he begins to suspect that he may not actually be the girl’s father. Over the next 20 years the two become millionaires, but Larson’s wife dies. Julia and Thomas fall in love and wish to marry, but Larson is determined to oppose it. Complications ensue (imdb)Read More »

  • Rowland V. Lee – The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929)

    1921-1930MysteryRowland V. LeeThrillerUSA

    Warner Oland makes the first of four screen appearances as Sax Rohmer’s insidious oriental Dr. Fu Manchu. The film makes an effort to explain Fu’s hatred of all whites by showing the death of the Doctor’s family during the Boxer Rebellion. Twenty years later, Fu Manchu is a full-blooded villain using a hypnotized Jean Arthur to help wipe out the British family Fu holds responsible for the deaths of his loved ones. But when Arthur falls in love with potential victim Neil Hamilton, Dr. Fu is forced to add her to his death-list. Weakened only by the excessive “silly-ass Englishman” comedy relief of William Austin, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu is a rapid-fire adventure devoid of early-talkie clumsiness.Read More »

  • Rowland V. Lee – Tower of London (1939)

    1931-1940ClassicsHorrorRowland V. LeeUSA

    In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power.Read More »

  • Rowland V. Lee – Zoo in Budapest (1933)

    1931-1940ClassicsRomanceRowland V. LeeUSA


    Brief Synopsis from TCM:
    Zani is an unusual young man who has spent his entire life in a zoo in Budapest. His only true friends are the zoo’s animals. When Zani meets Eve, a young orphan girl, they fall in love. To be together Eve must somehow escape from her strict orphan school. When she does she and Zani must hide overnight in the zoo – where everyone is looking to find them. Read More »

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