CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932)
Article #66 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-21-2001
Posting date: 10-4-2001
Chandu (Edmund Lowe) becomes a full-fledged yogi just in time to save his brother, who has just invented a death ray. He has been kidnapped by the evil Roxor (Bela Lugosi), who plans to use the death ray for his own fiendish ends.
Despite a fair amount of action and the wonderful performance by Bela, I find myself rather bored by this action-adventure movie. Part of it may be the quality of the print I’ve seen, but part of it is definitely Edmund Lowe, who is way too bland for my tastes for the part of the hero; I found myself sitting around just waiting for Bela to show up and add some life to the proceedings. In fact, when RETURN OF CHANDU was made a couple of years after this, Bela was playing the Chandu role.