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Chandu the Magician

Chandu the Magician

Edmund Lowe
Director: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel Cast: Edmund Lowe
Edmund Lowe
, Irene Ware
Irene Ware
William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel,


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Based on the radio serial of the same name, Chandu the Magician is a veritable rollercoaster ride of thrills and terror, boasting some of the best special effects of its period. Edmund Lowe stars as suave Frank Chandler, better known to his enemies as Chandu the Magician. Though he tries to keep his supernatural powers a secret from his beloved sister Dorothy (Virginia Hammond), niece Betty Lou (June Vlasek, aka June Lang) and nephew Bobby (Nestor Aber), Chandu's hand is forced by megalomaniacal villain Roxor (Bela Lugosi at his ripest). Holding Dorothy's scientist husband Robert Regent (H. B. Walthall) captive, Roxor hopes to force Regent to reveal the secret of his death ray (created, of course, "for the good of mankind") by kidnapping the scientist's wife and kids. Chandu manages to remain one step ahead of Roxor, performing all manner of miraculous magical feats to confound his enemy, but even our hero temporarily falls victim to the villain's machinations when Roxor abducts Chandu's sweetheart, Princess Nadji (Irene Ware). The production-design expertise of co-director William Cameron Menzies is never so obvious than when Chandu and his friends are subjected to the various serial-like perils imposed upon them by Roxor; some of these cliffhangers would seem to have been the inspiration for similar situations in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Counterpointing the excitement is the comedy relief of Herbert Mundin, cast as a bibulous valet who is bedeviled by a remonstrative, pint-sized "alter ego." Two years after Chandu the Magician, the film's villain, Bela Lugosi, was offered the rare opportunity to play the heroic Frank Chandler himself in the exhilarating 12-part serial The Return of Chandu.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0738329206215
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 28,309

Special Features

Audio commentary by Bela Lugosi biographer Gregory William Mank; Masters of magic: the world of Chandu featurette; Restoration comparison; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmund Lowe Chandu, Frank Chandle
Irene Ware Princess Nadji
Bela Lugosi Roxor
Herbert Mundin Albert Miggles
Henry B. Walthall Robert Regent
Weldon Heyburn Abdullah
Virginia Hammond Dorothy Regent
Nestor Aber Bobby Regent
June Viasek Betty Lou
June Lang Betty Lou

Technical Credits
William Cameron Menzies Director
Marcel Varnel Director
Barry Connors Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Philip Klein Screenwriter
Max Parker Art Director
Harold D. Schuster Editor

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