THE SHADOW OF FU MANCHU presented, in serial form, the novels "The Insidious Fu Manchu", "The Hand of Fu Manchu", and "The Return of Fu Manchu". The three novels were dramatized in 39 15-minute episodes. "The Insidious Fu Manchu" was covered in 24 episodes, the bulk of series. "The Hand of Fu Manchu" took only 3 episodes while "The Return of Fu Manchu" to the remaining 12 episodes. The complete serial ran Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for 13 weeks.
Main members of the cast were Gale Gordon, Hanley Stafford and Gerald Mohr.
More episodes were produced beyond the 39 mentioned above. It has been reported that the actual number of episodes is 156. A single episode, entitles "The Purple Spot" is in circulation that appears to match the opening chapter of "Fu Manchu's Bride", the sixth novel published. The 2 interviening novels are "The Daughter of Fu Manchu" and "The Mask of Fu Manchu". Perhaps these 2 novels are covered by the 116 episodes that are not currently in circulation.
The episodes were untitled, so there is much disagreement in the catalogs I found these shows. I've decided to use the titles from Steve Kelez' Radio Showcase catalog, since I felt they were simple and descriptive. Steve also included novel titles and actors' names.
Since the serial was syndicated, broadcast dates differ in different parts of the country. The dates from the Radio Memories, RHAC catalogs and Jerry Hanediges' log were the earliest found and are used here.
During the early part of January 2001, there was some discussion in the Internet OTR digest that Ted Davenport (Radio Memories) had acquired a large number of the missing episodes. Bravo, Ted! Keep an eye on his web site (http://www.old-time.com) for updates.
According to Ted's information, there were four serials. All episodes in current circulation come from the first serial, except the one odd episode mentioned in the Description. For this log, I've assumed all four serials ran contigious, all aired Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hopefully, this can be verified or corrected as more information becomes available.