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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1948!
Chandu the Magician began life on the radio in 1932 on the West Coast. After only a couple of years on the radio, it went off the air. But, when its creator was looking around for another program to air in 1948, he decided to revive Chandu. Chandu the Magician remained on the air until 1950 when it finally went off the air for good.

Main Characters:

  • Frank Chandu Chandler played by Tom Collins (1948-1950)

Show Concept:

  • Chandu was the story of Frank Chandler, a American-born mystic who knew the secrets of the Orient. Using his crystal ball and mystical powers, he solved crime (kind of like The Shadow).

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Writer, Vera Oldham (1932-1933)
  • Creators, Raymond Morgan and Harry Earnshaw


  • White King Soap

Networks or stations:

  • Mutual-Don Lee Network (1932-1933, 1948)
  • ABC (1949-1950)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on March 17, 1932
  • Final episode on August 21, 1933
  • Reborn on June 28, 1948
  • Really final episode on August 30, 1950
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