The Return of Chandu (1934)

12 part serial
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
mono (RCA-Victor System), English

An American fantasy serial directed by Ray Taylor. The gates used for the temple set are the huge wooden doors seen in King Kong (1933). It was later edited into two feature films, The Return of Chandu (1935) and Chandu on the Magic Island (1935).

Plot Summary

On the legendary island of Lemuria, the Ubasti cult believe that Princess Nadji of Egypt is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and plan to sacrifice her.


Directed by: Ray Taylor
Copyright MCMXXIV [1934] by Principal Pictures Corporation
Principal Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Sol Lesser
Supervised by Frank Melford
Adaptation & Screen Play by: Barry Barringer
Adapted from the Radiodrama Written by: Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham, R.R. Morgan
Photography: John Hickson
Film Editors: Carl Himm, Lou Sackin
Musical Director: Abe Meyer
Sound Recorder: Corson Jowitt
Art Director: Robert Ellis

Bela Lugosi
Maria Alba
Clara Kimball Young
Lucien Prival
Deane Benton
Phyllis Ludwig
Cyril Armbrister
Murdock McQuarrie
Wilfred Lucas
Josef Swickard
Jack Clark


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

Alternative Titles

Powrót Chandu – Poland
The Return of Chandu the Magician – US (video)
Tajemnica doktora Chandlera – Poland
A Volta de Chandu – Brazil
Η επιστροφή του Τσάντου – Greece

Sequel to
Chandu the Magician (1932)

Extracts included in
Chandu on the Magic Island (1935) – feature version made from chapters 5-12
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1943)
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997)
Masters of Magic: The World of Chandu (2008)
The Return of Chandu (1934b) – feature version made from chapters 1-4
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb (2007)
Time of the Robots (2012)



  • Film Fan Monthly no.76 (October 1967) pp.13-14 – credits
  • Those Enduring Matinee Idols vol.1 no.4 (April-May 1970) pp.38-39


  • Encyclopedia of American Film Serials by Geoff Mayer pp.242-243
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.327
  • Poverty Row Studios 1929-1940 by Michael R. Pitts pp.284-285 – credits, note
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.539