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The Return of Chandu (I) (1934)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Maria Alba ...
Nadji - Princess of Egypt
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Lucien Prival ...
Dean Benton ...
Bob Regent (as Deane Benton)
Phyllis Ludwig ...
Cyril Armbrister ...
Henchman Sutra [Chs.1]
Murdock MacQuarrie ...
The Supreme Voice of Ubasti [Chs. 4-12]
Wilfred Lucas ...
Capt. Wilson [Chs. 4-12]
Josef Swickard ...
Tyba, The White Magician [Chs. 8-12]
Jack J. Clark ...
Vitras, The Black Magician [Chs. 4,5,8-10]
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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Chandu the Magician  »

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(12 chapters) | (theatrical)

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Chosen Victim


  • 2. The House in the Hills


  • 3. On the High Seas


  • 4. The Evil Eye


  • 5. The Invisible Circle


  • 6. Chandu's False Step


  • 7. Mysterious Magic


  • 8. The Edge of the Pit


  • 9. The Terror Invisible


  • 10.The Crushing Rock


  • 11.The Uplifted Knife


  • 12.The Knife Descends


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Edited into Chandu on the Magic Island (1935) See more »

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Great campy fun
17 April 2006 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this serial. I got it in a set with two other chapter serials from the same era, Flash Gordon and Radar Men. Cheap sets, cheesy dialog and Bela's overacting surprisingly add up to an engrossing combination. It was strange to see him in the uncharacteristic role of good guy/hero, but he pulled it off with his usual exotic charm. While I watched I could imagine what it must have been like to see these one episode per week in the theater. The exotic natives must have really scared the pants off kids in the 30s, a time when there was much less sophistication and knowledge of the world. These episodes hold up much better than the Flash Gordon series from that time period.


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