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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.

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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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18 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chandu - Hypnotisören  »

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$349,456 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the subsequent Chandu serial, producers promoted Lugosi to the role of the magician-yogi. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Chandu sneaks into the slave auction by luring the guard away with an astral projection. The guard chases the illusion, corner it, only to see it disappear before him. Shot over his shoulder we see him raise his hands in amazement and drop his rifle. There is a cut and the new angle shows the guard from the front with a look of stupefaction on his face - but still holding the gun. See more »

Quotes

Princess Nadji: So, unless my people will join in making you a modern pharaoh, you will annihilate them?
Roxor: [laughing] Pharaoh? I shall be greater than any pharaoh! Civilization and all its works shall be destroyed! Men shall return to savagery following only one supreme intelligence... me!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by The Return of Chandu (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
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Music by Arthur Fields
Lyrics by Fred Hall
In the score when Miggles is about to take a drink
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Lugosi is Here, but William Cameron Menzies Steals the Show
8 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi Cultists may be all over this with fingers pointing, but Truth be told, it's the sparkling production design and non-stop SFX from William Cameron Menzies that steal the Show, and what a Show it is.

Mysticism, Egyptian Backdrop, whizzing and whirring gadgets and gizmos pervade this Picture with Eye-Popping regularity so that the stodgy Acting and dated and corny Comedy Relief fail to bring this one down.

There is a Pre-Code Slave Auction that has a Beautiful Damsel in an all but state of undress and a few Torture Scenes that never would have passed the Prissy Censors in later Years.

It's a fast paced Film with the feel of a Serial. Death is lurking everywhere and Bondage is brutally evident in this Pulpish World of Super-Villains and Superheroes.

A Must See for Fans of Serials (Chapter Plays), Lugosi, The Pulps, Comic Books, B-Movies, and anyone who knows about and has a yearning for Yesteryear when these types of things were known as the Saturday Matinée Mainstay of Screen Thrills.


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