Chandu the Magician (film)

1932 film by Marcel Varnel, William Cameron Menzies

Chandu the Magician is a 1932 film about a madman who kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance who is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by Barry Conners and Philip Klein, based on the radio play of the same name, written by Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham and R.R. Morgan.
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Yogi Teacher: Thou has done well, my son. To few, indeed, of thy race have the secrets of the yogi been revealed.
Chandu/Frank Chandler: To you, my teacher, I express my thanks. What more can I learn?
Yogi Teacher: Nothing now. The world needs thee. Go forth in the youth and strength and conquer the evil that threatens Mankind.

Princess Nadji: So, unless my people will join in making you a modern pharaoh, you will annihilate them?
Roxor: Pharaoh? I shall be greater than any pharaoh! Civilization and all its works shall be destroyed! Men shall return to savagery following only one supreme intelligence... me!

Princess Nadji: Have you been married since you last saw me?
Chandu/Frank Chandler: That's one feat of magic that requires a beautiful assistant.


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