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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 »
User Reviews:
Surprisingly Fun and Stylishly Designed See more (13 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)
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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 direction
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:
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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:
Cost-conscious Fox studios paid $40,000 for the rights to Chandu. Lugosi received $2500, Ware $1250, Hammond $100, Walthall $1000, and Stuart $300.Filming was completed July 1932.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:
Princess Nadji:Have you been married since you last saw me?
Chandu - aka Frank Chandler:That's one feat of magic that requires a beautiful assistant.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Fun and Stylishly Designed, 20 July 2011
Author: glofau from Guerneville, CA

Leave your brain at the door, because Chandu the Magician (utilizing his Powers from the Mysterious East) is about to enchant you into believing that trash is pure gold!

This pre-code potboiler from Fox Films introduces Edmund Lowe as Chandu the Magician, an American who has learned almost supernatural powers from the Yogi of the East. He can control men's minds, he possesses powerful protective powers of divination, he can walk on fire or astrally project or perform any number of other miraculous feats.

For reasons that defy logic, Chandu's brother(?) Robert, a Scientist, has been working on developing a Death Ray which can take out an entire city. Just as Robert has finally perfected this project, the evil Roxor (the fabulous Bela Lugosi as "That Monster in Human Form") and his Arabic henchmen kidnap Robert in an attempt to wrest the Secret of the Death Ray from its creator.

In the meantime, Chandu has fallen in with the beautiful Egyptian Princess Nadji, with whom he has been in love for 3 years... Princess Nadji is also in love with Chandu, but has been sacrificing herself Most Nobly for her People. Will these unusual interracial lovers find happiness at last? (Since miscegenation was illegal in many parts of the U.S. during this period in history, this is actually a genuine question!)

Of course, Princess Nadji falls into the clutches of the evil Roxor, and a great deal of deranged soliloquizing follows in the villain's Super-Scientific Laboratory (filled with the requisite Bride of Frankenstein-like crackling electrical apparatus). Will Robert have the strength to keep his Secret of the Death Ray before Roxor has tortured or destroyed all of his loved ones? Will Chandu be able to find Roxor's secret lair in time to Save the World and rescue Robert and the Princess?

In the directorial hands of Marcel Varnel and the brilliant William Cameron Menzies, this unpromising material becomes a stylish-looking, stunningly photographed and beautifully paced bonbon of pulp-y goodness.

If you are in the mood for a campy, beautifully designed, fast-moving melodramatic kiddie-matinée "thriller", I highly recommend this movie. Yummy, stupid, enchanting... and surprisingly progressive about miscegenation for a 1930's film that otherwise wallows in racial stereotypes!

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