Bela Lugosi is “Chandu” an American raised in the east and possessed of White Magical powers. Chandu must protect an Egyptian princess from being sacrificed by the Black Magic cult of Ubasti to resurrect their long dead goddess.
The Return of Chandu
Ep. 01: The Chosen Victim
Lugosi’s famous cliff-hanger serial chronicling the trials and tribulations of Chandu the Magician, who must save the exotic Egyptian Princess Nadji before she is sacrificed on a South Sea island at the hands of the fanatical Cult of Ubasto. Plenty of tricks and plot twists.
in the Library of Congress
Bela Lugosi plays Frank Chandler, alias Chandu the Magician, in this popular 12-part serial of mysticism and intrigue. Chandu’s fiancee, the exotic Princess of Egypt, Nadji (Maria Alba), is believed to be the key to the resurrection of the ancient goddess Ossana of Ubasti, the black magic cult. Lead by evil high priest Vindhyan, Nadji is kidnapped, placed in a trance and marked for sacrifice. Chandu must go head-to-head with Vindhyan and he chases him to the South Sea island of Lemuria, where Nadji is held captive. In constant peril, Chandu must summon all his powers for a final showdown to save his Princess. The Return of Chandu is a fantastic adventure picture filled with jeweled turbans, magic rings, mummies and heroes in white suits. Bela Lugosi is a standout in a rare heroic role as the leading man! Director Ray Taylor keeps the drama level high and plot movement swift with twists and action. The gigantic island sets may look familiar – they were used a year earlier in King Kong.
Cast and Crew:
* Bela Lugosi/Frank Chandler aka Chandu the Magician
* Maria Alba/Princess Nadji
* Clara Kimball Young/Dorothy Regent
Directors: Barry Barringer, Harry A. Earnshaw
Production Company: Sol Lesser Productions
Audio/Visual: Mono, black & white
Date Release: 1934
Additional details in: IMDB
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