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Writers:
Barry Conners (screen play) and
Philip Klein (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
18 September 1932 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Bobby Regent (as Nestor Aber)
Virginia Hammond ... Dorothy Regent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel De Brulier ... Yogi Teacher (uncredited)
John George ... 3rd Man Bidding on Betty Lou (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Ali (uncredited)
Dick Sutherland ... Henchman (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Cameron Menzies  (as William C. Menzies)
Marcel Varnel 
 
Writing credits
Barry Conners (screen play) and
Philip Klein (screen play)

Harry A. Earnshaw (from the radio drama by) &
Vera M. Oldham (from the radio drama by) and
R.R. Morgan (from the radio drama by)

Guy Bolton  script and additional dialogue (uncredited)
Bradley King  script and additional dialogue (uncredited)
Harry Segall  script and additional dialogue (uncredited)

Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (uncredited)
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Louis De Francesco (uncredited)
Glen Knight (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (photography) (as James Howe)
 
Film Editing by
Harold D. Schuster (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound recorder
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Epstein .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Earl Luick .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Louis De Francesco .... musical director
Val Burton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alfred Dalby .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinrich Kiehl .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edmond Lavagne .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
André Petiot .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Léo Pouget .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henri Poussigue .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4786-R, 11 October 1938 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Nigel De Brulier's yogi was the model for the sorcerer in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Chandu - aka Frank Chandler:I love the looks of the desert but hare the taste of it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grave Danger (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Dry I AmSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Grand Mystical Adventure, 20 July 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Based upon the radio show of the same name this film is the story of Chandu,, real name Frank Chandler, a white man taught the secrets of the yogis. Chandler has been set loose to save his family who has been put into peril by the evil Roxor, played by Bela Lugosi (who not long after would play Chandu himself in a movie serial).

Containing more action than most serials this is a true popcorn movie that moves pretty much from start to finish. There are dangers aplenty as Chandu struggles to save the world.

The film is near perfect, but suffers from a couple of small flaws. The first is the over use of the small man that Biggles sees each time he drinks. Chandu enchants Biggles to prevent him from drinking and its used a couple of time too many. The second is that toward the end the effects look weak. The underwater sequence is terrible, and the use of rear screen as people flee the temple is awful.

Still this is a movie to sit down with a big bucket of popcorn and enjoy.

9 out of 10.

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