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When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi. Edmund Lowe as the master of illusion! Bela Lugosi is pure magic in the villainous role. There's not a moment that isn't visually compelling. In fewer words—Dope". Listen to 166 episodes of Chandu, the Magician for free. Remarkable VFX. Our hero Frank Chandler (aka Chandu) tries to keep his supernatural powers a secret from his dear sister Dorothy and her family, but Dorothy and her kids have been kidnapped by the villainous Roxor who wants to force Dorothy's husband, scientist Robert Regent, to reveal the secret of his death ray. This is not a case of so bad it's good, although it could be mistaken for that. I ordered it today and can't wait. (Filmmuseum), TOO LATE FOR TEARS Lizabeth Scott, a frequent film noir femme fatale, is the epitome of insane greed in Byron Haskin’s unsettling 1949 B-movie, produced by Republic Pictures and newly restored by the U.C.L.A. ( Log Out / Betty Lou (June Lang/Vlasek) and Dorothy Regent (Virginia Hammond). The series was created by Harry A. Earnshaw (1878–1953) and Raymond R. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Chandu is a magician, but also a spy, adventurer, and a charisma vacuum, all of which come in handy as Menzies and co. race through three or four separate strands of pulp in the span of 70 minutes. To keep Miggles from drink, Chandu hypnotizes him into seeing a miniature version of himself that constantly warns him away from alcohol. About the movie : everyone must see this movie that "inspired" directly 1981 Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and to compare it to 2016 Doctor Strange. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. This film is jam packed with some of the best visual FX of this era. Under no delusions about the true aesthetic quality, I think it's terrific. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. STRANGE and DOCTOR MORDRID have nothing on CHANDU! To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Found the comedic subplot to be a bit grating at moments but that climax, full of Lugosi doing his thing, largely makes up for any soft spots earlier on. One can imagine our protagonist’s feats only feeling so magical when we’re being told what he’s up to, but when just about every top-notch special effects trick in the book is used to give them life on film, the results are especially snazzy. A notably grim affair, “Stranger” is redolent of urban paranoia and permeated with a sense of free-floating guilt. They reunited for a follow-up serial, Chandu on the Magic Island (1935). I am not at all embarrassed to state that Chandu is one of my favorite films of the 1930’s. Credit for the constant invention must go to co-director Menzies, the famed art director of films like The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and production designer of Gone with the Wind (1939), who had an impressive directing career, including Things to Come (1936), Invaders from Mars (1953), and the underrated Gothic chiller The Maze (1953). Lugosi is extremely dynamic, stagey, sometimes over the top, but always commanding of respect as the evil Roxor who is out to destroy the world. A marvelous piece of nonsense!!! Chandu's goal was to "go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind". “Chandu the Magician” is also an example of what the British critic Raymond Durgnat once called “the wedding of poetry and pulp.” A darker instance would be the 1940 B-movie “Stranger on the Third Floor” (available on DVD from Warner Archive). Even after the film has ended, I’m still not sure what role Princess Nadji served, except to be Chandu’s Girl Friday, someone accustomed to the occult arts; she’s a more appropriate romantic match than the too-innocent and too-teenaged Betty Lou (Vlasek is given a scantily clad, envelope-pushing white slavery scene which is very Pre-Code). Hakari at Cineslice concludes: “Bolstered by its wonderful visual effects and spirited acting, the film hasn’t […]. Wish Doc Savage, The Spider or The Shadow got a movie this slick in the 1930s. At last I am king of all! All the films from my exploitation lists, bundled into one mega-super-list-to-rule-them-all! Having recently acquainted myself with the radio serial version of Chandu, I was all set to do one of my hilarious Letterboxd Humour Bits in which I apologized for being one of those guys who's always like "the radio serial was better, the radio serial was better," etc etc, it would have been great. It is the height of its modest genre. The two series starred Frank Chandler, also known as Chandu, an American who had learned mystical arts, such as astral projection, which he used to fight criminals and villains, including the evil Baron Roxor. This said, Chandu is a gem that the imaginative viewer will restore in his mind to projet astrally himself or herself in the golden age of pulp adventure. It’s a classic “damned if you do” scenario, wherein Marvel is stuck choosing between either appearing to whitewash their own characters or feeding into the old “Caucasian hero masters weird foreign customs” motif that informed the original comics, as well as flicks like 1932’s Chandu the Magician. With such an occult hero, “Chandu the Magician” anticipates “Doctor Strange,” the coming movie based on the Marvel character. He hasn’t time to tidy his burnoose before he’s off to rescue his brother-in-law from Roxor’s clutches, without imparting so much as a hint as to what sent him on his spiritual quest to begin with. A madman named Roxor (Bela Lugosi) has kidnapped Frank’s brother-in-law Robert (Henry B. Walthall), seeking to use his latest invention to destroy the cities of the globe and declare himself emperor. A painfully dull by-the-books serial featuring the kind of hero who could only capture the imagination of the public in the 1930s. Outdoor scenes and well lit scenes in the movie seemed very clear, almost like watching the original from 84 years ago. And you absolutely cannot beat the 70 minute running times of these pictures. In an odd twist, at the end of the film it’s the mini-Miggles that wants a drink. There are several visual effects in the movie, which save it from being a complete waste. Master hypnotist, yogi, and stylin' turban wearer, Chandu, pursues a madman with a death ray. Please try again. Mind the leaking roof. Sources include IMDb, Wikipedia, pre-code.com and the…, I recently acquired copies of both Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Encyclopedia and Psychotronic Video Guide and this list is all films…, There is something about super hero movies that I can never get enough of. There's beautiful miniatures, amazing sets, inventive optical effects, and even an impressive "underwater" sequence. Chandu the Magician: 1930s radio broadcasts that inspired Doctor Strange creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Part of our over 12,000 show library of old time radio. Last year Kino Lorber, continuing their excellent work upgrading unlikely films to high definition, released Chandu on Blu-Ray. He relishes every second he's on…. (Flicker Alley), SUTURE A first film by the writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee, “Suture” riffs on the idea of near identical black and white half-brothers (Dennis Haysbert and Michael Harris). DR. Directed by William Cameron Menzies (who doubtless helped with the surprisingly impressive visuals) and Marcel Varnel (who directed most of the best British comedies in the thirties.) Wearing all black right up to his turban, he has a strangely svelte, athletic appearance, capitalizing on the exotic sex appeal that led him to first being cast as Dracula on the stage. There seems to be some debate over the original order of the broadcasted stories. With Great Power, Comes the Greatest Superhero Movie List of All-Time... Every Movie Tagged In The Daily Horror Hunt, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film - complete. Bela has great presence in his black outfit and secret cave base. Chandu the Magician. , On October 15, 1949, Chandu the Magician moved to ABC, where it was heard Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. until June and then on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. Chandu the Magician is an American supernatural radio drama. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed.  His sister, Dorothy Regent, was portrayed by Margaret MacDonald. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Skip-a-dee-doo-dah, Skip-a-dee-ay! Even superhero-magician hybrids, from Chandu the Magician to Doctor Strange, while being adapted from their sources into decent flicks, didn’t enjoy great success. A revival on a different network took place 12 years later in the 1940s and 1950s. But at least in this pulp match-up, Lugosi comes through the winner. Nationally, it aired over Mutual starting October 8, 1932.  According to Veola Vonn, the program was broadcast from the KHJ building on Melrose Avenue; the KHJ building is still standing, although the KHJ studios are no longer in use. A.J. Full of adventure, weird happenings and madness. Been a Bela Lugosi fan for oh so long and never dreamed we would see this 1932 squeaky on HD Blu-Ray looking amazing for the year. Luckily there are some decent effects and sets and of course an amazing little speech near the end by Bela Lugosi. But once I thought it through I realized the radio show I listened to was the postwar late 40s Chandu revival which might as well have been made eons after this quaint early 30s adventure, so my idea wouldn't have made the slender amount of sense I needed it to make in order to work. 2. But as a stout defender of Western values, and with his easy mastery of third-world civilizations, Chandu is a forerunner of Indiana Jones. Pretty adorable despite dated colonial attitudes, I'm sure I'll be seeing more of that as I work my way through the 30s. In The Spider (1931), Edmund Lowe (Dinner at Eight) portrayed Chatrand the Great, a hypnotist and magician who solves a murder. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. 1932 Directed by William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel. Indeed, his performance may be considered hammy by today's standards, but he's infinitely more fun than Edmund Lowe as the unconvincing Chandu. ), Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. When this series came to an end in 1936, WGN's productions of Chandu were transcribed in the Chicago facilities of the World Broadcasting System for use on other stations. (Arrow Video), Presto! Filth! In April 1935, they were being broadcast on one other station, WJR in Detroit, Mich., Twelve years later, the series was revived on the Mutual–Don Lee Network on June 28, 1948, as a 15-minute weekday program starring Tom Collins as Chandu and Luis van Rooten as the villainous Roxor, plotting world domination. Slime! Lowe has zero charm as a leading man and, despite a poor character and lines with little screentime, Lugosi's star shines brightest. A guilty pleasure I don't feel so guilty about liking! I’m not quite sure how so many characters are aware of Chandu or his reputation when he’s apparently spent years honing his craft in seclusion, and don’t be surprised if you’re thrown for a loop when others casually refer to Robert’s invention as a “death ray” even before Roxor announces his plan to reduce the likes of London and Paris to rubble. letterboxd.com/film/night-has-a-thousand-eyes/, Every Horror Film Made from 1895 - present, The Chronological History of the Cinematic Macabre, Genre: Exploitation (100 Years: 1896-1995), The (Almost) Complete Psychotronic Encyclopedia Of Film, Psychotronic Ultimate Guide (as complete as possible). It aired in the 1930s. In another absurd thing is that Lugosi, who is the ultimate evil bastard here, plays Lowe's part in the sequel, taking advantage of Lugosi's name value hoping that movie goers wouldn't remember what actually happened in this one.