Richard Marius Joseph Greene to my 1950's television generation was "Robin Hood". This is a look at the seemingly going nowhere career in the mind of actor Richard Greene and some of the interesting motion pictures and television appearances he actually had.
I haven't had the big build-up part I expected. They turned me into a cloak-and-dagger merchant. After four dungeon pictures in a row, I decided to throw it up.
The above quote is from Richard Greene's January 14, 1954, interview with the "New Castle Sun", New South Wales, Australia.
Born on August 25, 1918, in Plymouth, Devon, England, Richard Greene was the fourth generation of a family of actors, a mixture of Irish and Scottish, and all Roman Catholics. His main education was at the "Cardinal Vaugh Memorial" secondary school in Holland Park, London, England. Richard would remain at the school until he turned 18, but his acting career started three years earlier.
At that time the 15-years-old Richard Marius Joseph Greene had a walk-on part as a spear carrier in a production at the prestigious "Old Vic" of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Still at "Cardinal Vaugh's" the young actor did some modeling work, appeared in a stage production of R.C. Sherriff's World War One play "Journey's End", directed by the unknown James Whale, with either the unknown Lawrence Olivier, or Colin Clive, Whale's "Henry Frankenstein" in his classic 1931 "Universal Pictures" motion picture, as "Stanhope". Then on September 7, 1934, Richard Greene had his first on-screen role in a small unidentified part in the musical comedy, "Sing As We Go!", starring British music hall star Gracie Fields.
Next in 1936, Ricard Greene, joined the "Jevan Brandon Repertory Company", and appeared in a production of William Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra" and the comedy, "French Without Tears" that led to three 1938 offers of film contracts, one was from "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's" British company, one was from Alexander Korda of the Korda Brothers, and the third from Darryl F. Zanuck for "20th Century Fox", Greene took the last.
Zanuck hired Richard Greene more for his looks than his acting. The plan was to turn the 20-years old actor into "20th Century Fox's" answer to "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's" 27-year-old Robert Taylor and they started out big with:
FOUR MEN AND A PRAYER released on April 29, 1938
The motion picture was directed by John Ford. Ford latest release was 1937's, "The Hurricane", starring Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, and Raymond Massey. John Ford would follow this picture with the World War One action adventure, 1938's, "Submarine Patrol", starring Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly and Preston Foster.
This movie was based upon the David Garth novel of the same title. One of the uncredited screenplay writers was author William Faulkner, but the main writing credit went to Richard Sherman, his third screenplay, and Sonya Levin, who had been writing screenplays since 1919.
Richard Greene portrayed "Geoffrey Leigh". He would follow this picture first with the comedy, musical, romance, 1938's, "My Lucky Star", co-starring Olympic Skater Sonja Hennie and comedian Joan Davis. Then second, Ford's 1938, "Submarine Patrol".
David Niven portrayed "Christopher Leigh". Niven had fourth billing in 1938's, "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife", starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper, and followed this picture with 1938's, "Three Blind Mice'.
The critics were mixed on "Four Men and a Prayer', but the studio liked the chemistry between Young and Greene and the two co-starred in 1938's, "Kentucky", about a family feud going back to the Civil War. 75-years later, a young woman from one family, and a young man from the other fall in love without knowing their last names while breeding horses for the Kentucky Derby. Co-star Walter Brennan won the "Best Supporting Acord Oscar" for his role as Lorretta Young's grandfather.
THE LITTLE PRINCESS released on March 10, 1939
The motion picture was directed by Walter Lang. He would follow this picture with Shirley Temple's next feature film, but without directing credit, 1939's, "Susannah of the Mounties", co-starring Randolph Scott and Margaret Lockwood. Then Lang received full directing credit for Shirley Temple's 1940's, "The Blue Bird", the motion picture that started her decline in popularity.
This screenplay was loosely based upon the 1905 novel "A Little Princess" by Francis Hodgson Burnett. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris kept the Victorian London setting of the novel but added the "Boer War" and the "siege of Mafeking" as the backdrop for the action scenes and completely changed the ending to a happy one.
Shirley Temple portrayed "Sara Crewe". Temple had just starred with Joan Davis and Charles Farrell in 1938's, "Just Around the Corner", and would follow this production with the aforementioned 1939 "Susannah of the Mounties".
Richard Greene portrayed "Geoffrey Hamilton".
"20th Century Fox" was very pleased with the fan mail being received by Richard Greene mainly from infatuated young women that was reaching the same levels Robert Taylor received at "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer". Greene seemed to have only one real purpose to Zanuck and the studio, but his next motion picture has stood the test of time more because of two other actors in it than Richard Greene with first billing.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had created the "World's First Consulting Detective", but he grew tired of him. In December 1893, Conan Doyle killed "Sherlock Holmes" in "The Adventure of the Final Problem". However the problem for Conan Doyle was that the reading public still wanted more and his solution was to have "Dr. Watson" tell the story of an adventure that took place before "Holmes" was killed. The story started to be serialized in "The Strand Magazine" in August 1901 and in 1902 the first published book version of the complete serial was released as the author's third novel.
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES released on March 31, 1939
The screenplay by Ernest Pascal makes several changes to the novel to set up a happy ending but does retains much of the horror. Among Pascal's screenplays are, 1936's, "Lloyd's of London", 1938's, "Kidnapped", and 1940's, "The Blue Bird".
John Carradine portrayed the "Baskerville Butler", "Barryman", it's "Barrymore" in the novel. Carradine had just been in the 1939 Ritz Brother's "Three Musketeers" and followed this motion picture with 1939's "Captain Fury", starring Brian Aherne, Victor McLagen, and Paul Lukas.
"Sir Henry" meets his neighbor's "John Stapleton", played by Morton Lowry, it's "Jack" in the novel, and his stepsister, "Beryl", she turns out to be his wife in the novel. As the screenplay progresses, "Sir Henry" and "Beryl" start to fall in love.
Meanwhile, a homicidal manic named "Selden", played by Nigel de Brulier, has escaped from "Dartmoor Prison",
"Watson", "Beryl", and "Sir Henry" meet a strange man near the Grimpen Mire who then leaves them wondering who he is?
That night, "Watson" and "Sir Henry" hear strange sounds coming from a room, enter and find "Barryman' with a lamp. "Barryman" claims he's just going around checking that all the windows are closed and locked as he does every night.
"Watson" believing he saw a light out on moor through the window decides to investigate only to discover the strange man who turns out to be "Holmes". The howling of a large hound is heard, and a man resembling "Sir Henry" is seen being chased up some large rocks, the hound attacks, the man goes over the rock formation hitting the ground.
The dead man turns out to be "Selden" wearing "Sir Henry's" clothes and the brother of "Mrs. Barryman".
Now comes the happy ending that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't write for "Beryl Stapleton". "Holmes" reveals that his investigation shows she is not related to "John Stapleton" and is free to marry "Sir Henry Baskerville".
LITTLE OLD NEW YORK released on February 3, 1940
The motion picture was directed by actor turned director Henry King. King had just directed "Stanley and Livingston" and 1939's, "Jesse James" starring Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.
The screenplay was based upon the play by Rida Johnson Young. It had been adapted for the motion picture screen by John L. Balderston, "Universal Pictures" 1931 "Dracula" and "Frankenstein", 1932's, "The Mummy", and 1936's, "Dracula's Daughter".
The actual screenplay was written by Harry Tugend, comedian Eddie Cantor's 1937, "Ali Baba Goes to Town", Shirley Temple's 1938, "Little Miss Broadway", and Richard Greene's 1938, "My Lucky Star".
Alice Faye portrayed "Pat O'Day". Songstress Faye had just co-starred with Warner Baxter in 1939's, "Barricade" and followed this picture with another "Hollywood Biography", 1940's, "Lillian Russell". Her fans got word she wasn't to sing in this picture, threatened to boycott, and a few songs were added.
Fred MacMurray portrayed "Charles Brownne". MacMurray had just co-starred with Barbara Stanwyck in 1940's "Remember the Night" and followed this picture with the Jean Arthur and Melvyn Douglas 1940 comedy "Too Many Husbands".
Another mistake was that both Fulton's main financial backer, New York Congressman Robert L. Livingston and his daughter and future Mrs. Fulton, Harriett Livingston's last names were changed to "Livingstone", played respectively by Henry Stephenson and Brenda Joyce.
Below Brenda Joyce as "Harriett Livingstone" with Richard Greene.
Above, that's Ward Bond portraying the pro-sailing shipwright "Ragan" standing next to Fred MacMurray and staring down Richard Greene.
Next, Richard Green starred in a comedy crime drama with a fun cast of characters.
I WAS AN ADVENTURESS released on May 10, 1940
The screenplay was based upon a French screenplay for the 1938 motion picture, "J'etais une aventuriere (I Was an Adventuress)". The four French screenplay writers received on-screen credit, but not all the American screenplay writers. The only three that are credited were Karl Tunberg, Don Ettinger and author John O'Hara, "Pal Joey", "Ten North Frederick", "From the Terrace", and "Butterfield 8". While actor Erich von Stroheim and writers Nunnally Johnson and Darrel Ware received no credit.
"Desormeaux" and "Polo" go on board a ship bound for the United States. "Polo" while holding the suitcase the other thinks the jewels are still in, tosses it overboard into the Atlantic Ocean as "Andre" looks on in shock.
FLYING FORTRESS released on June 13, 1942 in the United Kingdom
Greene's second British propaganda motion picture was "Unpublished Story", released on August 10, 1942 in the United Kingdom.
Negale followed this film with 1945's, "A Yank in London" co-starring Rex Harrison and Dean Jagger.
Richard Greene portrayed "Lieutenant Commander Jim Garrick".
The screenplay follows "Sally" involvement with a Nazi Spy ring and "Jim's" pursuit of it. In the end it will be revealed that "Sally Maitland" was a deep undercover British Intelligence operative that "Jim Garrick" was unaware of.
GAIETY GEORGE aka: SHOWTIME released April 16, 1946 in London
Kathleen Winsor's bestselling novel was adapted by Jerome Cady, 1939's "Five Came Back", 1943's "Guadalcanal Diary", and 1944's "The Purple Heart".
The screenplay was co-written by:
Phillip Dunne, 1934's "The Count of Monte Cristo", 1936's "The Last of the Mohicans", 1941's "How Green Was My Valley", and 1947's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".
Linda Darnell portrayed "Amber St. Clair". The actress had just appeared in director John Ford's 1946, "My Darling Clementine".
In November 1944, Gene Tierney was considered the front runner for the role, but red-headed Maureen O'Hara was lobbying for the part, as was Paulette Goddard. Preminger wanted Lana Turner and didn't consider Darnell right and wanted her dropped from the production.
Cornell Wilde portrayed "Bruce Carlton". Wilde had just co-starred with Maureen O'Hara and Glenn Langan, whose career would only be remembered for playing 1957's "The Amazing Colossal Man", in 1947's "The Homestretch".
Wilde was upset with the changes Otto Preminger had made in the screenplay and walked off the film. Immediately Stewart Granger was considered, but Wilde returned.
Richard Greene portrayed "Lord Harry Almsbury". Greene was given his first "Hollywood Role" in seven years when Vincent Price, who had shot several scenes, was removed from the role.
Glenn Langan portrayed "Captain Rex Morgan". As mentioned Langan proceeded this picture with 1947's, "The Homestretch", and followed it with the 1948 western, "Fury at Furnace Creek" co-starring with Victor Mature and Coleen Gray.
Jessica Tandy portrayed "Nan Britton". Tandy had just been seen in 1946's "Dragonwyck" starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price. She would next be seen in 1948's "A Woman's Revenge" co-starring with Charles Boyer and Ann Blyth.
The "Catholic League of Decency" threatened a boycott of the film and "20th Century Fox" backed down and made changes to the film including a prologue criticizing "Amber St. Clair" by telling the audience that:
The wages of sin are death!
Even after the studio appeased the Catholic League the film was still considered scandalous and was a box office success and played at higher ticket prices.
However, it would be two more years before Richard Greene got another motion picture role and not as he had imagined with the majors, but the solid "B" list studio now named, "Universal International Pictures" and a foreshadowing of his career to come.
THE FIGHTING O'FLYNN released in the United States and Mexico on February 25, 1949
This was contract writer Arthur Pierson's second motion picture as a director. He wrote and directed televisions "China Smith" in 1952 and "Terry and the Pirates" in 1953. During the 1960's Pierson became the primary writer for the animated series, "The Flintstones", "Winsome Witch", "The Atom Ant Show", "Squiddly Diddy" and "The Secret Squirrel Show".
The screenplay was based upon a novel by Justin Huntley McCarthy and written by both star Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and contract writer Robert Thoeren.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. portrayed "The O'Flynn". He had just co-starred with Betty Grable and Cesar Romero in 1948's "The Lady in Ermine" and would follow this feature with the United Kingdom's 1950 "The Great Manhunt" co-starring with Glynis Johns and Jack Hawkins.
Helena Carter portrayed "Lady Benedetta". Carter's career consisted of only 13 motion pictures and her last, the science fiction classic of paranoia, 1953's "Invaders from Mars" is the one she is remembered for.
Above Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Helena Carter and Arthur Shields as "Dooley".
Richard Greene portrayed "Lord Philip Sedgemonth". Greene would follow this film with director Otto Preminger's comedy romance, 1949's "The Fan" co-starring Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, and George Sanders.
Patricia Medina, Richard Greene's wife since 1941, portrayed "Fancy Free". Medina had just been in the cast of MGM's 1948 all-star big budgeted version of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" starring Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, and Angela Lansbury. She would follow this feature with the British 1949 drama "Children of Chance".
In 1951, Greene and Medina would divorce.
Above, Ludwig Donath as "Hendrigg" looks at Richard Greene with Patricia Medina between the two men.
This swashbuckler has soldier of fortune "O'Flynn" returning to Ireland in time to rescue the "Lady Benedetta" from robbers that are after the papers she carries about Napoleon's plans to invade Ireland. "Lord Sedgemonth" is working with the Bonapartists and his treason is discovered when "Benedetta" learns that "Fancy Free" is his mistress.
Two forgotten British motion pictures, 1949's "That Dangerous Age aka: If This Be Sin" co-starring Myrna Loy, and 1949's "Now Barabbas" co-starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke followed. Along with a short 1949 film shot in England, "A Terribly Strange Bed", directed by William Cameron Menzies for American televisions anthology series, "Fireside Theatre".
Next Richard Greene was back at "Universal International" as:
THE DESERT HAWK released on September 5, 1950
"Universal International Pictures" contract director Frederick De Cordova directed this feature. He had just directed Yvonne DeCarlo in 1950's "Buccaneer's Girl" and would follow this picture with 1951's "Bedtime for Bonzo" starring Ronald Reagan.
Yvonne DeCarlo portrayed "Princess Scheherazade". DeCarlo had just been in the aforementioned "Buccaneer's Girl" and followed this feature with the 1951 western "Tomahawk" co-starring Van Heflin. In 1964 Yvonne DeCarlo portrayed "Lily Munster" on one of two dueling television shows, "The Munsters". My article, 'THE ADAMS FAMILY and THE MUNSTERS" may be read at:
Richard Greene portrayed "Omar aka The Desert Fox". Greene followed this picture by joining Edgar G. Robinson in a British motion picture, 1950's "My Daughter Joy aka: Operation X" that both wanted to forget about a millionaire that spoils his daughter.
Above Jackie Gleason with Joe Besser as "Prince Sinbad". Among Besser's work was the recurring character of "Stinky Davis" on "The Abbott and Costello Show" and replacing Shemp Howard for a short time in "The Three Stooges".
George Macready portrayed "Prince Murad". Macready was just seen in 1950's "A Lady Without a Passport" starring Hedy Lamarr and John Hodiak. He would follow this picture with 1951's "Tarzan's Peril" starring Lex Barker.
Rock Hudson portrayed "Captain Raz". Hudson had sixth billing in 1950's "Peggy" and followed this picture in a very small role without on-screen credit, but unlike Robert Stack listed on the official cast listing, in 1950's "Shakedown" starring Howard Duff and Brian Donlevy.
This was a typical fare for the year as the good "Desert Hawk" is set-up for having performed a massacre by the evil "Prince Murad". "Princess Scheherazade" disguises herself as a harm dancer to escape the arranged marriage with "Prince Murad" and unknowingly falls in love with the "Desert Hawk" whom she thinks is "Murad".
Next, Richard Greene found himself starring in a British and Italian historical romance.
SHADOW OF THE EAGLE released in the United Kingdom on September 11, 1950
Richard Greene portrayed "Russian Count Alexei Orloff".
Valentina Cortesa portrayed "Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova". The Italian actress had just been seen in France and Italy with 31st billing in the Italian concentration camp film "Donne senza nome (Women Without Names)" starring French actress Simone Simon, Val Lewton's 1940 "Cat People" and 1944 "Curse of the Cat People".
Gretna Gynt portrayed "Countess Loradona Campiello". The Norwegian actress had just been seen in a made for BBC television movie, 1949's "Dangerous Corner".
Binnie Barnes portrayed "Catherine--Empress of Russia". British actress Barnes had just been seen in the 1950 Italian feature "La strada buia (Fugitive Lady)" starring American actress Janis Page.
This was the British version of the story about "Catherine the Great" sending her lover "Count Orloff" to kidnap her rival for the throne, "Elizabeth", claiming the Russian throne from the Crimea, but he falls in love with her instead.
The same cast would shoot an Italian language version, "La rivale dell'imperatce (The Rival of the Empress)" released in Italy on February 22, 1951. Among other changes is the addition of nudity that would not have been accepted in the United Kingdom.
Richard Greene started "Guest Appearing" on television programs on both sides of "The Pond" and then appeared in two motion pictures at the end of 1952.
CAPTAIN SCARLETT initially released in Brussels, Belgium on October 13, 1952
This was the only produced motion picture by American television and "B" movie writer Howard Dimsdale. It was shot in Mexico with an international cast of British, Spanish, Brazilian, and Americans to keep the costs down. The picture didn't reach the United States until September 12, 1953 and that fact has some lists showing it as the original release date.
The motion picture was directed by Nathan Juran, 1957's "20 Million Miles to Earth" and in 1958 both "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad".
Stephen McNally portrayed "Count Karl von Bruno". McNally just starred in the Korean War picture, 1952's "Battle Zone" and followed this feature with actor turned director, Dick Powell's atomic bomb crime thriller, the excellent and tense 1953 "Split Second".
Michael Pate portrayed "Count Ernst von Melcher". Australian character actor Pate is probably best known for two roles. He portrayed the Native American war chief "Vittorio" in John Wayne's only
My article, "Woody Strode and Michael Pate: Western Stalwarts" may be read at:
"Sir Ronald Burton" investigates the mysterious deaths of two of his friends at the Austrian castle of "Count Karl von Bruno" and finds both his answer and horror.
Above, Raymond Burr as the evil "Jonatto", Lee Van Cleef as "Nerva", Richard Greene and Donna Drake as "Zelda".
Several more "guest appearances" on television shows and then the role Richard Greene would be most remembered for by my generation.
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
Initially created for the British ITC television network with the first episode "The Coming of Robin Hood", broadcast on September 26, 1955, in the United Kingdom, and the following day in the United States. By the end of the series run on November 12, 1960, with "Trapped", 144 episodes would have been seen over 4 seasons.
Above, Bernadette O'Farrell as "Maid Marian" for the first two seasons and below, Patricia Driscoll for the last two.
There were 53 different writers including Ring Larder, Jr., and Howard Dimsdale.
Edward Mulhare Frank Sinatra's 1965 "Von Ryan's Express" and televisions 1968 "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", Patrick Troughton the second "Dr. Who", Ian Hunter the Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland 1938 "The Adventures of Robin Hood" reprising his role of "Richard the Lion Hearted" in this series, Donald Pleasence "The Halloween" motion picture series, Michael Ripper multiple "Hammer Films", Leo McKern 1985's "Ladyhawke" and "Number Two" on televisions "The Prisoner", Ronald Howard son of actor Leslie Howard and star of the 1954 "Sherlock Holmes" television series, Greta Gynt 1939's "The Human Monster" starring Bela Lugosi. Laurence Naismith 1960's "Village of the Damned" Ray Harryhausen's 1963 "Jason and the Argonauts" and 1969's "Valley of Gwangi", Lionel Jeffries Ray Harryhausen's 1964 "First Men in the Moon" and Dick Van Dyke's 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Charles Gray "James Bond's" 1967 "You Only Live Twice" and 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever" and 1975's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", Rupert Davies 1955's "Quatermass II aka The Enemy from Space" 1968's "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" and 1970's "Waterloo", Michael Gough Walt Disney's 1953 "Rob Roy the Highland Rogue" 1958's "Dracula aka Horror of Dracula" 1959's "Horrors of the Black Museum" 1961's "Konga" and Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman", Gary Raymond 1961's "El Cid" and Ray Harryhausen's 1963 "Jason and the Argonauts", Nigel Green Ray Harryhausen's 1963 "Jason and the Argonauts" 1964's "Zulu" 1965's "The Ipcress File" and Christopher Lee's 1965 "The Face of Fu Manchu", Anthony Dawson Alfred Hitchcock's only 3-D motion picture 1954's "Dial M for Murder" "James Bonds" 1962 "Dr. No" and 1963's "From Russia with Love" and 1967's "Death Rides a Horse", and actor Edward Judd 1961's "The Day the Earth Caught Fire" Ray Harryhausen's 1964 "First Men in the Moon" and 1966's "Island of Terror" with Peter Cushing,
Richard Greene again portrayed "Robin Hood".
THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU aka FU MANCHU AND THE KISS OF DEATH released on August 23, 1968 in West Germany
The fourth entry is the Christopher Lee series was directed by Spanish director Jesus Franco, the very good 1962 "Gritos en la noche (Screams in the Night) aka The Awful Dr. Orlof", and 1970's "Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (A night when Dracula wakes up) aka 1970's Count Dracula" starring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Klaus Kinski.
Jesus Franco co-wrote the screenplay with British writer Harry Alan Towers using the name of Peter Welbreck on all five "Fu Manchu" films. Towers also wrote the 1965 version of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" and the screenplay for the English language version of "Count Dracula". However, using his own name Harry Alan Towers, he also produced of all five "Fu Manchu" motion pictures.
West German screenplay writer Manfred R. Kohler wrote the German language screenplay.
Christopher Lee portrayed "Fu Manchu". Lee had just been seen in the excellent 1968 "The Devil Rides Out" with Charles Gray at his devilish best. He would follow this feature with 1968's "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave". Lee spoke German fluently besides Italian and Spanish which let him appear in foreign films without being dubbed, but frequently his voice was dubbed into English by another actor when the foreign film came to the U.K. and the United States. My article, "CHRISTOPHER LEE: Foreign Language Motion Pictures 1959 to 1970" is available for reading at:
Richard Greene portrayed "Nayland Smith".
Above, Howard Marion-Crawford and Richard Greene.
In a remote jungle hideout the evil "Dr. Fu Manchu" has discovered a deadly venom to men only and will use women to give his targets "The Kiss of Death" that causes blindness and death within six weeks. It's up to "Nayland Smith" and his "Dr. Watson" like assistant "Dr. Petrie" to stop "Fu Manchu" once more.
THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU aka THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF FU MANCHU released in West Germany on May 30, 1969
For the fifth and final entry in the series the United Kingdom dropped out of the production and was replaced by Italy. Although the motion picture was still shot in English.
Jesus Franco was back as director and Harry Alan Towers as one of the screenplay writers. German writer Manfred Barthel came up with what is considered the worse story of the five films and wrote the German screenplay. Spanish writer Jaime Jesus Balcazar wrote the Spanish language screenplay.
Christopher Lee was back as "Dr. Fu Manchu". He had just been seen in a Linda Thorson episode of British televisions "The Avengers" entitled "The Interrogators", on January 20, 1969. Lee followed this picture with 1969's "The Oblong Box" co-starring with Vincent Price.
Manfred Barthel's screenplay has "Fu Manchu" creating a device to freeze all the oceans of the world to blackmail the entire planets countries. One has to wonder, other than a large paycheck, why both Christopher Lee and Richard Greene were in this picture and if they could keep a straight face delivering their lines?
The following year his marriage to Beatriz Summers ended in divorce. Richard Greene found himself in another period piece, with six episodes of the 1981 British television series "Scarf Jack". The actor appeared on-screen one last time in an episode of another British television series, 1982's "Squadron" entitled "Memorial Flight".