Chandu the Magician (1932)
Magician turns gold coins into toads
The 1932 Fox Film Corporation film "Chandu the Magician", is about a magician who uses
hypnotic powers to foil the schemes of a megalomaniac who wants to rule the world.
Chandu later turns the gold coins into toads.
Frank Chandler, a former British Army officer, has spent three years in a Yogi Monastery
somewhere in the "East".
2. Frank Chandler becomes Chandu
He is now a Yogi and possesses powers of hypnotism, illusion, and others.
3. Chandu the Magician
He passes a series of tests including firewalking and projection.
The Master takes him to a crystal ball and explains his mission, to foil the plans of a Roxor,
a would-be world ruler.
who is married to Chandu's sister.
Roxor's men have kidnapped Robert and taken his ray to rural Egypt.
4. Dorothy, Chandu, Betty, Bobby
Robert has a wife, Dorothy, and two adult children, Betty and Bobby.
Chandu had a romance before he left for the East with Princess Nadji, but she refused to
marry him due to her "duty to her people".
6. Princess Nadji
Roxor's headquarters are located in an ancient Egyptian monument.
7. Egyptian monument
Roxor has a laboratory where he has assembled the stolen ray.
8. Roxor's laboratory
Roxor has assembled the ray but can not get it to work.
He has been trying to persuade Robert to fix it.
9. Entering the monument
Chandu has an assistant, Miggles, who was his orderly from his Army service.
Chandu has hypnotised him to see things when he drinks.
10. Miggles has a drink
An Egyptian statue comes to life and follows him around.
11. Rifle becomes snake
Roxor kidnaps Robert's daughter Betty and forces him to watch while he puts Betty up for
auction at a "slave market"
12. Betty for sale
Chandu, in disguise as an Arab, enters the slave market and purchases Betty.
13. Paying for the goods
Chandu pours out gold coins.
14. Gold coins
These appear to be film prop tokens of various sizes.
15. Gold coins (another view)
The seller takes the payment to Roxor and empties the bag on a table.
16. Seller tries to show Roxor the money
Some things other than gold coins fall out.
17. Formerly gold coins
The coins are now a large toad and many small toads.
Chandu is kept blindfolded and can not exercise his powers.
Robert has not revealed the secret so Roxor tries something else.
18. Roxor threatens Regent
Roxor has Chandu placed in a mummy case and thrown into the river, he then threatens to
throw the women into the river but Robert relents and makes the ray work.
Roxor is excited and turns on the ray.
19. I will be king of the world
Roxor begins screaming that he will destroy the cities of the world followed by scenes of destruction.
Roxor names London and Paris as targets.
heat up to the point of self-destruction.
21. Roxor's ray heats up
Chandu and his family have left and watch the monument explode.
22. Is this the end of Roxor?
Frank and the Princess are re-united.
23. Frank and the Princess together
Edmund Lowe as Chandu / Frank Chandler
Irene Ware as Princess Nadji
Bela Lugosi as Roxor
Herbert Mundin as Albert Miggles
Henry B. Walthall as Robert Regent
Weldon Heyburn as Abdulah
June Vlasek as Betty Lou Regent
Nestor Aber as Bobby Regent
Virginia Hammond as Dorothy Regent
Writers: Barry Conners, Philip Klein, Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham, R.R. Morgan