Chandu the Magician (1932)

72 or 74 mins | Science fiction | 18 September 1932

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

Harold Schuster

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The film was copyrighted as Chandu, the Magician . The radio serial on which this film was based consisted of nightly fifteen-minute installments and was broadcast in some areas at the same time as the film was exhibited. The serial remained on the air until 1936. Sources disagree concerning the length of the film. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Library, Ralph Morgan was originally cast as "Robert Regent." In 1934, Principal Pictures produced a twelve-part serial entitled The Return of Chandu , and released, in addition to the serial, two features composed of footage from the serial, The Return of Chandu (see below) and Chandu on the Magic Isle (see ... More Less

The film was copyrighted as Chandu, the Magician . The radio serial on which this film was based consisted of nightly fifteen-minute installments and was broadcast in some areas at the same time as the film was exhibited. The serial remained on the air until 1936. Sources disagree concerning the length of the film. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Library, Ralph Morgan was originally cast as "Robert Regent." In 1934, Principal Pictures produced a twelve-part serial entitled The Return of Chandu , and released, in addition to the serial, two features composed of footage from the serial, The Return of Chandu (see below) and Chandu on the Magic Isle (see above). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Aug 32
p. 11.
Film Daily
16 Sep 32
p. 7.
HF
16 Jul 32
p. 12.
HF
6 Aug 32
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 32
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Oct 32
p. 38.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Sep 32
p. 40.
New York Times
1 Oct 32
p. 10.
Variety
4 Oct 32
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITERS
Revisions and addl dial
Revisions and addl dial
Revisions and addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the radio series Chandu, the Magician created by Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham and R. R. Morgan (1932--1946
28 Jun 1948--1950).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 September 1932
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 September 1932
Production Date:
11 July--late August 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3238
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 74
Length(in feet):
6,350 , 6,438
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After spending three years among the yogis, Frank Chandler, having acquired hypnotic powers of the will, is given the name Chandu and told that Fate has appointed him to conquer the evil madman Roxor. With a death-ray invented by Chandu's brother-in-law, Robert Regent, whom he has captured, Roxor plans to destroy civilization so that he will be proclaimed the master of the world. After Chandu rescues the Egyptian Princess Nadji, whom he had loved in Paris three years earlier, Regent's daughter Betty Lou is abducted and taken to a slave market to force her father to divulge the secret of the death-ray to Roxor. By creating a double of himself, Chandu rescues Betty Lou, but he and Nadji are captured at an oasis when Roxor's cohort Abdullah, who hates but also greatly desires Nadji, throws tear gas in Chandu's eyes. Imprisoned, Nadji and Chandu confess their love for each other before Roxor has Chandu put into a mummy's coffin and sunk underwater. Meanwhile, when Roxor has Regent watch as the floor underneath his family gradually collapses, Regent agrees to prepare the death-ray for Roxor to save his family. While Roxor imagines the destruction of the great cities, Chandu escapes and paralyzes him with his gaze. Chandu rescues Nadji from Abdullah. The death-ray, which Regent had fixed to explode to kill himself and his family, destroys Roxor's temple. After Regent, his family, Chandu and Nadji escape, Chandu makes the clouds cover the moon and kisses ... +


After spending three years among the yogis, Frank Chandler, having acquired hypnotic powers of the will, is given the name Chandu and told that Fate has appointed him to conquer the evil madman Roxor. With a death-ray invented by Chandu's brother-in-law, Robert Regent, whom he has captured, Roxor plans to destroy civilization so that he will be proclaimed the master of the world. After Chandu rescues the Egyptian Princess Nadji, whom he had loved in Paris three years earlier, Regent's daughter Betty Lou is abducted and taken to a slave market to force her father to divulge the secret of the death-ray to Roxor. By creating a double of himself, Chandu rescues Betty Lou, but he and Nadji are captured at an oasis when Roxor's cohort Abdullah, who hates but also greatly desires Nadji, throws tear gas in Chandu's eyes. Imprisoned, Nadji and Chandu confess their love for each other before Roxor has Chandu put into a mummy's coffin and sunk underwater. Meanwhile, when Roxor has Regent watch as the floor underneath his family gradually collapses, Regent agrees to prepare the death-ray for Roxor to save his family. While Roxor imagines the destruction of the great cities, Chandu escapes and paralyzes him with his gaze. Chandu rescues Nadji from Abdullah. The death-ray, which Regent had fixed to explode to kill himself and his family, destroys Roxor's temple. After Regent, his family, Chandu and Nadji escape, Chandu makes the clouds cover the moon and kisses Nadji. +

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