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Megalomaniac and would-be world dominator Roxor has kidnaped Robert Regent, along with his death ray invention, in hopes of using it to degenerate humanity into mindless brutes, leaving himself as Earth's supreme intelligence. Faced with revealing the machine's secrets or allowing his family to die a horrible death at the hands of Roxor, Regent's only hope lies with the intervention of his brother-in-law, the be-turbaned yogi and magician Chandu, who has the power to make men see what is not there 'even unto a gathering of twelve times twelve'.Written by
Doug Sederberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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 »
It would not surprise me one bit if Chandu the Magician (1932) was one of the films which inspired George Lucas and Steven Spielberg when they were coming up with the Indiana Jones films back in the 1980s. This is great schlock: a white hatted hero, damsels in distress, and a campy, heartless villain (played with relish by Bela Lugosi in one of his most memorable film roles). Be warned it also shares that key flaw of the IJ films, namely colonial undertones (okay, in this movie, they're more like overtones... big overtones).
The special effects are hit and miss in terms of how they have dated, but really, even that hokey-ness adds to the charm of the movie. Not a second is to be taken seriously and it all moves at a brisk pace. My only regret is that they cast the bloodless Edmund Lowe as the titular hero; you really need someone with more charm and humor here, like a Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or Melvyn Douglas.
If you love camp and cheese, there are few pre-code films that are better.
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