Chandu the Magician (1932)

USA, 1932
71m, 75m
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by William Cameron Menzies and Marcel Varnel.


Madman Roxor kidnaps scientist Robert Regent and steals his revolutionary death ray, planning to use it to revert humanity to the levels of primitives. Regent’s brother-in-law, the mystic yogi Chandu, determines to use his powers to find the missing scientist and save the world from Roxor.


* = uncredited

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel
Fox Film Corporation
Script: Barry Conners, Philip Klein
Radio Series: Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham, R.R. Morgan
Director of Photography: James Wong Howe
Editor: Harold D. Schuster
Music Director: Louis de Francesco
Music: R.H. Bassett *, Peter Brunelli *, Louis De Francesco *, Glen Knight *, Felix Mills *, J.S. Zamecnik *
Costume Designer: Earl Luick
Art Director: Max Parker

Edmund Lowe (Frank Chandler (Chandu))
Irene Ware (Princess Nadji
Bela Lugosi (Roxor)
Herbert Mundin (Albert Miggles)
Henry B. Walthall (Robert Regent)
Weldon Heyburn (Abdullah)
June Vlasek (Betty Lou Regent)
Nestor Aber (Bobby Regent)
Virginia Hammond (Dorothy Regent)

The Return of Chandu (1934)

See also
Shampoo the Magician (1932)



  • Hoffman’s Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.69 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.56 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.61 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography Volume 1 by Alan G. Fetrow p.95 – credits, review