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Writers:
Barry Conners (screen play) and
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Release Date:
18 September 1932 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Radio Broadcast Thriller
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 »
User Reviews:
A popular radio serial brought vividly to life on the screen. See more (14 total) »

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)

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:
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:
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:
Yogi Teacher:Thou has done well, my son. To few, indeed, of thy race have the secrets of the yogi been revealed.
Chandu - aka Frank Chandler:To you, my teacher, I express my thanks. What more can I learn?
Yogi Teacher:Nothing now. The world needs thee. Go forth in the youth and strength and conquer the evil that threatens Mankind.
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A popular radio serial brought vividly to life on the screen., 16 June 2001
Author: rastar-1 (George Aachen <rastar@tpg.com.au>) from Sydney, Australia

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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