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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 »
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:
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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)

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:
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:
In the subsequent Chandu serial, producers promoted Lugosi to the role of the magician-yogi.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:
Roxor:[to Abdullah] If Nadji opposes me, and you serve me well, there shall be a new slave in your harem.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grave Danger (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Dry I AmSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Mystical Goings On, 8 October 2004
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

What fun! This is a dandy film of its type.......so corny and the typical early 30s serial type cliffhanger with lots of dashing around, ridiculous plot and narrow escapes. The settings with the Egyptian flavor are simply silly and fake but the special effects are not as bad as you might expect for an early film.

Edmund Lowe doesn't seem quite right for the part of Chandu.....I would have pictured someone with a little more exotic look to add just a hint of mystery. Ricardo Cortez or Nils Asther, although supporting players, may have been able to pull it off; however, Lowe does a serviceable job. Of course Lugosi went on to play the part later but appears here as the arch-villain who is bent on conquering the world with a death ray stolen from Chandu's brother-in-law. As usual he is over the top which is just what the film needs....a maniacal bad guy with visions of grandeur. He is all ham but of course this was his stock in trade and he pulls out all the stops.

Herbert Mundin is on hand for a little humor which probably wasn't necessary but he is such a great character actor that you aren't too put off by it. If you like Mundin, see "Cavalcade", in which he really gets a chance to show his acting ability which is not all comedic.

If you like films that are camp, don't require you to think too much or try to figure out character's motivations, this is the one for you. Its fast, fun and so dumb that you love it. Great for a rainy Saturday afternoon at the matinée.

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