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The Return of Chandu (1934)

The cult of Ubasti, headquartered on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Princess Nadji of Egypt is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice her so that ... See full summary »

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Ray Taylor

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Barry Barringer
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Bela Lugosi ... Frank Chandler (Chandu) (archive footage)
Maria Alba ... Princess Nadji (archive footage)
Lucien Prival ... Vindhyan (archive footage)
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Dorothy Regent (archive footage)
Dean Benton Dean Benton ... Bob Regent (archive footage)
Phyllis Ludwig Phyllis Ludwig ... Betty Regent (archive footage)
Cyril Armbrister Cyril Armbrister ... Sutra (archive footage)
Elias Lazaroff Elias Lazaroff ... Bara (archive footage)
Dick Botiller ... Morta (archive footage)
Frazer Acosta Frazer Acosta ... Nito, the butler (archive footage)
Bryant Washburn ... Prince Andra (archive footage)
Baby Peggy ... Judy Allen (archive footage) (as Peggy Montgomery)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... High Priest in Lemuria (archive footage)
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The cult of Ubasti, headquartered on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Princess Nadji of Egypt is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice her so that Ossana may be resurrected. Nadji has sought refuge at the California home of Frank Chandler, an American educated in the Ancient East and familiar with White Magic and thus calls himself "Chandu". Vindhyan, high priest of the cult's California base has learned of this, however, and works his Black Magic to gain control of Nadji. Chandu is able to rescue her but she is in a deep trance which he cannot penetrate, so attempts to move her to safety in the South Seas, unaware that the cult has a base there also and that Vindhyan has stowed aboard his chartered yacht... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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This feature was not only composed by editing together the first four chapters of the same-titled serial, but in fact the episodes were specifically written so that, spliced together, the result had the pacing and dialog of a b-feature film. Producer Sol Lesser developed this approach so that this film could be marketed either as a free-standing feature, as a feature-length first episode, with no loss of continuity or resolution in either case. Or the source serial could be booked in the traditional 12-episode format. See more »

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Two Feature Versions of Serial
11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Return of Chandu, The (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Chandu (Bela Lugosi) has to fight off black magic in order to save a Princess who has been chosen for a sacrifies. This is the second feature version of the 15-chapter serial, which also goes by this title. The first feature version, Chandu on Magic Island has a lot more action but this version here is the overall better movie because istead of going for the "cliffhanger" sequences, this one here goes for a more character driven tale. This creates some slowness but it's nice seeing Lugosi play the good guy even though he really doesn't pull it off too well.

Chandu on the Magic Island (1935)

** (out of 4)

Second feature film made from the serial The Return of Chandu. A woman is kidnapped by a jungle tribe in order to be sacrificed so it's up to Chandu (Bela Lugosi) to rescue her. The most interesting thing is seeing Lugosi play the good guy/hero but he doesn't do too much with the role. He's pretty flat throughout the film and some of his dialogue is quite laughable. The ending is quite nice and action packed and the thing is edited down quite nicely but it doesn't work most of the time.


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April 1935 (USA) See more »

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