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Chandu the Magician (1932)

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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)  »

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Chandu - Hypnotisören  »

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$349,456 (estimated)
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Trivia

This movie was based on "Chandu the Magician," a radio show that was airing at the time. Chandu was the basis for many of the later magician characters, including DC's Sandor the Mystic and Marvel Comics's Dr. Strange. 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

Roxor: [to Abdullah] If Nadji opposes me, and you serve me well, there shall be a new slave in your harem.
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Followed by The Return of Chandu (1934) See more »

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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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A popular radio serial brought vividly to life on the screen.
16 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi steals the show of course, but, oddly the lovely Irene Ware (Miss America of 1929) gives the villainous Bela surprisingly vibrant opposition, considering this was one of her first films. The rest of the players (aside from merely adequate hero, Edmund Lowe) are likewise first-rate. One of my favorite comics, Herbert Mundin, has a wonderfully meaty part, while gorgeous June Vlasek is just wonderful.

The directors use an inventively roving camera to glide the audience through many a fabulously exotic set. The special effects rate as A-1.


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