Chandu the Magician (1932)

Unrated   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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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.

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  • Bela Lugosi and Edmund Lowe in Chandu the Magician (1932)
  • Bela Lugosi in Chandu the Magician (1932)
  • Edmund Lowe and Irene Ware in Chandu the Magician (1932)
  • Chandu the Magician (1932)
  • Chandu the Magician (1932)
  • Bela Lugosi and Edmund Lowe in Chandu the Magician (1932)

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8 January 2016 | MissSimonetta
| Proto Indiana Jones style fun
It would not surprise me one bit if Chandu the Magician (1932) was one of the films which inspired George Lucas and Steven Spielberg when they were coming up with the Indiana Jones films back in the 1980s. This is great schlock: a white hatted hero, damsels in distress, and a campy, heartless villain (played with relish by Bela Lugosi in one of his most memorable film roles). Be warned it also shares that key flaw of the IJ films, namely colonial undertones (okay, in this movie, they're more like overtones... big overtones).

The special effects are hit and miss in terms of how they have dated, but really, even that hokey-ness adds to the charm of the movie. Not a second is to be taken seriously and it all moves at a brisk pace. My only regret is that they cast the bloodless Edmund Lowe as the titular hero; you really need someone with more charm and humor here, like a Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or Melvyn Douglas.

If you love camp and cheese, there are few pre-code films that are better.

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