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Barry Conners (screen play) and
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18 September 1932 (USA) See more »
Radio Broadcast Thriller
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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Talk about COOL--this is a really exciting 1930s Saturday morning all rolled into one film! See more (20 total) »


  (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)

James Dime ... One of Roxor's Henchmen (uncredited)

John George ... Bidder at Slave Market (uncredited)

Constantine Romanoff ... One of Roxor's Henchmen (uncredited)

Charles Stevens ... Ali (uncredited)
Dick Sutherland ... Bidder at Slave Market (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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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4786-R, 11 October 1938 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

In the subsequent Chandu serial, producers promoted Lugosi to the role of the magician-yogi.See more »
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 »
Chandu - aka Frank Chandler:I love the looks of the desert but hare the taste of it.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Talk about COOL--this is a really exciting 1930s Saturday morning all rolled into one film!, 9 January 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Okay, I'll admit that technically speaking, this film isn't what you'd expect for a score of 8. After all, this was a very low-budget production and occasionally it really shows it--though most of the time, they do make the most of their limited resources. The film does earn super-high marks, though, for its ability to entertain, as there is one thrill after another after another--just like a Saturday morning movie serial condensed into one great package. In fact, it isn't all that surprising that just two years later they DID make a serial version of the Chandu character and a couple more movies--though oddly, he was played by Bela Lugosi in them, while in CHANDU THE MAGICIAN, he actually played the evil villain!!

Edmund Lowe stars here as Chandu--a Westerner who has "learned the psychic powers of the East". In other words, he spent years with gifted Hindu holy men and learned to use their great powers to control mens' minds. Using hypnosis, Chandu can make just about anyone do or see anything!! This makes him one heck of an amazing super-hero. Some of his tricks involved making men think their guns had turned to snakes, the ability to make doubles of himself to lure away the bad guys and his funny ability to mess with his man servant whenever he tries to take a drink!! Aside from comic heroes such as Mandrake, this is a truly unique character--and a very, very unique one for film. The closest I can think of are films such as THE COBRA WOMAN and ALI BABA, but they really aren't the same. Considering how exciting and fun this film was, I really wished they had made more of them--especially since the writing was so "seat of your pants" good.

In addition to these cool psychic powers, the film features a death ray, kidnappings and an evil cult of followers for Lugosi--what more could you possibly want in an old-time action-suspense film?! This is really great and exciting stuff--much better than the usual film for Lugosi or Lowe--who both do an exceptional job in this film. Too bad they just don't make 'em like they used to.

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