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The Return of Chandu (1934)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | 1 October 1934 (USA)
The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Taylor

Writers:

Barry Barringer (adaptation), Harry A. Earnshaw (radio show) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Frank Chandler (Chandu)
Maria Alba ... Nadji - Princess of Egypt
Clara Kimball Young ... Dorothy Regent
Lucien Prival ... Vindhyan - High Priest [Chs. 1-4]
Dean Benton Dean Benton ... Bob Regent (as Deane Benton)
Phyllis Ludwig Phyllis Ludwig ... Betty Regent
Cyril Armbrister Cyril Armbrister ... Sutra - Henchman [Chs.1]
Murdock MacQuarrie ... The Supreme Voice of Ubasti [Chs. 4-12]
Wilfred Lucas ... Capt. Wilson [Chs. 4-12]
Josef Swickard ... Tyba - The White Magician [Chs. 8-12]
J.J. Clark ... Vitras - The Black Magician [Chs. 4,5,8-10] (as Jack J. Clark)
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The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji so that Ossana may be resurrected. Nadji has taken refuge at the California home of Frank Chandler, an American raised in the east and possessed of White Magical powers, who calls himself "Chandu". Vindhyan, high priest of the cult's California outpost, learns of this and ultimately succeeds in placing her in a trance which Chandu cannot easily break, propelling him to move her to safety, choosing the port of Suva in the South Seas. There, aided by his sister Dorothy, nephew Bob and niece Betty, Chandu is able to revive her and deal with Vindhyan, only to have the evil Voice of Ubasti, highest of the high priests, spirit her to Lemuria through the magic Circle of Ola. Chandu, Dorothy, Bob and Betty set out in pursuit but end up shipwrecked on Lemuria itself, with his family also now held for ... Written by <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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The Thrill of Thrills! The Master Magician is Back! You will thrill at his amazing new adventures in this latest and greatest mystery drama


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Trivia

This serial also released as two features, The Return of Chandu (1934) (using chapters one through four) and Chandu on the Magic Island (1935), using chapters five through 12). See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 3, when Chandu does a magic spell on the sleeping princess, he places his hand on her head. The camera cuts to her close up: his hand isn't on her head. The next frame shows the long shot: he still has his hand upon her head. See more »

Quotes

Chandu's Teacher (voice over): Again I say: let not thy fear control you.
Chandu's Teacher (voice over): [recurring] Have faith, my son, have faith!
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Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) See more »

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15 July 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Years ago many big studios promoted serial films that were shown in movie theaters's in between the actual features along with a Newsreel of current events, plus cartoons, especially on a Saturday afternoon. (The parents loved it mostly) "The Return of Chandu" was a 12 episode serial where Chandu,(Bela Lugosi),"The Mysterious Mr. Wong",'34 is a magician with super natural powers and travels to the island of Lemuria to rescue the kidnapped princess of Egypt,(Nadji)Maria Alba,"Dr. Terror's House of Horrors",'43. Princess Nadji is held captive by the black magic cult of Ubasti, who believe that she is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess Ossana. These 12-episode serials take you way back in time and are very well produced, considering we are talking about 1934 !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Chandu the Magician See more »

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Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 chapters) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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