Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation, and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to "go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind". "Time and space are only an illusion" to the American called Chandler. Endowed with strange gifts, in the first episode he teleported himself to his sister's Beverly Hills home.
Starring Tom Collins as Chandu and Luis van Rooten as the villainous Roxor, plotting world domination. Chandu's sister, Dorothy Regent, was portrayed by Irene Tedrow. Cyril Armbrister directed the scripts by Vera Oldham which took Chandu to far-flung locales, both real and mythical. Romantic interludes for Chandu were introduced with Egyptian Princess Nadji played by Veola Vonn. Also appearing in the cast were Norman Field, Lee Millar, and Joy Terry.
Where does Chandu the Magician, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the category of old-time radio adventures Chandu the Magician rates really high among such classics as the Green Hornet, The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, Suspense and X-Minus One.
What did you like best about this story?
There was a radio station that used to play nostalgic shows such as Chandu, and I remember being intrigued by the story of an American going to India, and other exotic locations to learn the mystical and ancient arts, and used them for good. Each episode is very short, but in a collection like this one it works. I actually used to wait a week for the next two episodes, and now I can binge listen! Episodes are packed with adventure and intrigue combined with a fish out of water element involving an American family who follow along with Uncle Chandler (Chandu) to find a missing family member.
What does full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The full cast helps visualize the scenes with simple dialogue that leads the listener one step at a time, the sound effects are quite good, and typical of Hollywood portrayals of Egyptian sword and sandal movies.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I simply immersed myself in the story, and pretended I was part of the Regent family.
Any additional comments?
If you are already a fan of OTR, I fully recommend! Now on to Volume 2!