Dr. Fu Manchu is a fictional character introduced in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the 20th century. The character was also featured extensively in cinema, television, radio, comic strips and comic books for over 90 years, and has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius while lending the name to the Fu Manchu moustache.
A master criminal, Fu Manchu's murderous plots are marked by the extensive use of arcane methods; he disdains guns or explosives, preferring dacoits, Thuggee, and members of other secret societies as his agents armed with knives, or using "pythons and cobras ... fungi and my tiny allies, the bacilli ... my black spiders" and other peculiar animals or natural chemical weapons.
The Shadow of Fu Manchu radio show was adapted from the first nine Sax Rohmer Fu Manchu novels. The short lived series aired from 1939 to 1940 in 15-minute installments. It was carried by Station WHN in New York City and syndicated in other parts of the country. Harold Huber played the diabolical criminal mastermind Fu Manchu. British official Nayland Smith was played by Hanley Stafford and his assistant by Dr. Petrie by Gale Gordon. (Source: wikipedia.org)