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The Return of Chandu (1934)

The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »

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Nadji - Princess of Egypt
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Lucien Prival ...
Dean Benton ...
Bob Regent (as Deane Benton)
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Cyril Armbrister ...
Henchman Sutra [Chs.1]
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The Supreme Voice of Ubasti [Chs. 4-12]
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Capt. Wilson [Chs. 4-12]
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Tyba, The White Magician [Chs. 8-12]
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Vitras, The Black Magician [Chs. 4,5,8-10] (as Jack J. Clark)
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The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji so that Ossana may be resurrected. Nadji has taken refuge at the California home of Frank Chandler, an American raised in the east and possessed of White Magical powers, who calls himself "Chandu". Vindhyan, high priest of the cult's California outpost, learns of this and ultimately succeeds in placing her in a trance which Chandu cannot easily break, propelling him to move her to safety, choosing the port of Suva in the South Seas. There, aided by his sister Dorothy, nephew Bob and niece Betty, Chandu is able to revive her and deal with Vindhyan, only to have the evil Voice of Ubasti, highest of the high priests, spirit her to Lemuria through the magic Circle of Ola. Chandu, Dorothy, Bob and Betty set out in pursuit but end up shipwrecked on Lemuria itself, with his family also now held for ... Written by <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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The Thrill of Thrills! The Master Magician is Back! You will thrill at his amazing new adventures in this latest and greatest mystery drama


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1 October 1934 (USA)  »

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(12 chapters) | (theatrical)

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This serial also released as two features, The Return of Chandu (1934) (using chapters one through four) and Chandu on the Magic Island (1935), using chapters five through 12). See more »

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Followed by Chandu on the Magic Island (1935) See more »

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Don't expect the same magic you got in CHANDU THE MAGICIAN
17 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Black Magic cult of Ubasti needs to kidnap the last known living princess from Egypt so they can sacrifice her to their cat god. However, the good swami Chandu won't let this happen and spends most of the movie fighting these evil goons until they are, naturally, vanquished.

Since this film is called THE RETURN OF CHANDU, you can rightly assume it is a sequel. Just a short time earlier, Edmund Lowe starred as the Westerner who learned the secrets of the yogis. Using these great mental powers, he was able to save a kidnapped scientist and stop the death ray from being used on mankind! For a Saturday morning escapist suspense film, it was a dandy and Bela Lugosi was there to provide wonderful color as the evil villain.

Oddly, in this film, Lowe is nowhere to be seen and Lugosi actually plays Chandu!! So in the first film he was a super-villain and here a super-hero! Plus, in the first film he had a wife and kids, while in this film he hangs with his sister and her two grown kids and by the end of the film he's wooing a young lady!! Talk about continuity problems!!!

This film is a bit similar to the plot in the original, since it involves kidnapping but the level of excitement and the many, many wonderful and weird story elements from the original film are missing. Missing as well is the comic relief--making this film good, but certainly nowhere near the film the original was. Oddly, while it was made by Universal Studios, the film looked pretty cheap and was an obviously low budget film. Apparently, originally, this film was the first half of a serial of the same name. The second half was retitled CHANDU ON THE MAGIC ISLAND and is significantly worse than this first half. Still, it is entertaining and fans of Bela Lugosi will no doubt find it worth seeing.

A final note--The DVD version of this film I saw was from Passport Video and was of very dubious quality (it came in "The Bela Lugosi Box"). This company specializes in releasing public domain films and consistently does nothing to clean up the prints. This one was almost unwatchable due to terrible sound and no captioning. Also, Passport imprints their logo at the bottom right corner of the screen--which seems like a lot of nerve considering they didn't pay for the film!! Public domain AND emblazoning their name across it like they made the film?! Gimme a break. See if you can find a different and cleaner version.


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