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The film was copyrighted as Chandu, the Magician. The radio serial on which this film was based consisted of nightly fifteen-minute installments and was broadcast in some areas at the same time as the film was exhibited. The serial remained on the air until 1936. Sources disagree concerning the length of the film. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Library, Ralph Morgan was originally cast as "Robert Regent." In 1934, Principal Pictures produced a twelve-part serial entitled The Return of Chandu, and released, in addition to the serial, two features composed of footage from the serial, The Return of Chandu (see below) and Chandu on the Magic Isle.