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Chandu the Magician (1932)

When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors:

William Cameron Menzies (as William C. Menzies), Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Barry Conners (screen play by), Philip Klein (screen play by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Chandu / Frank Chandler
Irene Ware ... Princess Nadji
Bela Lugosi ... Roxor
Herbert Mundin ... Albert Miggles
Henry B. Walthall ... Robert Regent
Weldon Heyburn ... Abdulah
June Lang ... Betty Lou Regent (as June Vlasek)
Michael Stuart Michael Stuart ... Bobby Regent (as Nestor Aber)
Virginia Hammond ... Dorothy Regent
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Storyline

Megalomaniac and would-be world dominator Roxor has kidnaped Robert Regent, along with his death ray invention, in hopes of using it to degenerate humanity into mindless brutes, leaving himself as Earth's supreme intelligence. Faced with revealing the machine's secrets or allowing his family to die a horrible death at the hands of Roxor, Regent's only hope lies with the intervention of his brother-in-law, the be-turbaned yogi and magician Chandu, who has the power to make men see what is not there 'even unto a gathering of twelve times twelve'. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Radio Broadcast Thriller See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Miggles character was added as comic relief; he does not appear in the original radio programs. See more »

Goofs

When the temple rock is closed behind them, the closeup of Nadji looking shocked and scared has her looking to her right. In the wide shot, the action is clearly to her left. See more »

Quotes

Chandu - aka Frank Chandler: I love the looks of the desert but hate the taste of it.
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Crazy Credits

A magician's hand waves the opening credits on and off the screen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Masters of Magic: The World of Chandu (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Fields
Lyrics by Fred Hall
In the score when Miggles is about to take a drink
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An Entertaining Fantasy
2 October 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

I have to agree with other reviewers on this film: Bela Lugosi steals the show. He's good a usual in this underrated fantasy film.

The sets and costuming are lavish, elegant and beautiful eye candy. Loved the Egyptian setting. The special effects are great for it's time era.

The story is good, it has quite a bit of romance and comedy in it. The film does have some action and it's fun adventure to watch. It's simply a worthwhile film classic to view.

Simply worded: If you like film surrounding magic, mysticism, fantasy, Egyptian-themes, and/or Bela Lugosi then I'm sure you will enjoy Chandu the Magician.

7.5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chandu - Hypnotis√∂ren See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$349,456 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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