Fah Lo Suee
I’ve confessed earlier how struck I’ve been by images of Asian dominant females.
Here we see Fah Lo Suee, the daughter of Fu Manchu.
But I’ve probably never told you that I’m deeply in love with Myrna Loy. Well, as much as one can be with an actress from long ago.
Like me you if you know her at all it is from her roles in comedies, most notably the Thin Man films. She was everything a guy might admire: smart, funny, self-possessed and attractive.
Here she is in a still from the movie:
Amazing what magic makeup can work. Not quite the woman often described as “nice to come home to.” But it is interesting to see what she was up to in an earlier part of her film career.
(The old movie - since it starred Boris Karloff - was fun. But really I prefer her as helping William Powell solve crimes or fuddling Clark Gable.)
I wonder to what degree any of the men who read of her in the old Fu Manchu novels or the movies imagined Fah Lo Suee dominating them? My memory of all those is pretty faint. But I think in the old Karloff / Loy film she did enjoy tormenting men.
Sort of exotic goddess-cum-chorus girl isn’t it?
All Asians know martial arts?
She went about aiding her father in his schemes of world domination. Can’t remember if like some of the other women in the series she fell in love with a nice white man.
Naturally Fah Lo Suee was trained in seduction and allure. Back then it couldn’t be imagined a woman might own a more potent weapon.
This fetish for women smoking - is it a British thing?