The Mummy (1932)

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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover.



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Complete credited cast:
Zita Johann ...
David Manners ...
Arthur Byron ...
Edward Van Sloan ...
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Noble Johnson ...
Kathryn Byron ...
Frau Muller
Leonard Mudie ...
James Crane ...
The Pharaoh
The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)


In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. One night a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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It comes to life!




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22 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Cagliostro  »

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$196,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A lengthy and complicated re-incarnation scene, so important to the plot, never made it into the film. This upset many people, including the film's leading actress, Zita Johann, who was a firm believer in re-incarnation. See more »


In the scene when he is informed of the death of the museum guard, we hear Sir Joseph Whemple say hello when he picks up the phone, but we don't see his mouth move. See more »


Imhotep: You will not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories of love... and crime... and death...
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Crazy Credits

Henry Victor, officially credited as The Saxon Warrior, never appears in the film because his scenes were removed from the final cut. See more »


Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Curse (2013) See more »


Beautiful Love
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Played during the ball sequence where Helen is telepathically called to the museum
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It's the Atmosphere
23 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love these Universal horror movies. This one is all atmosphere. The lighting, the focus on Karloff's eyes and his threatening persona carry the film. When I was in elementary school (my kids would say not long after this film was made), I had another kid scare the daylights out of me by describing the internment of the Egyptian rulers. The taking of the body, perfuming it, placing it in a room full of gold, then killing the slaves so that only the priests would know the actual resting place of the body. There was also the bit about being wrapped alive for burial. I'll tell you. The effect of that story, which is portrayed in the movie, put a bigger scare into me than any movie I've ever seen. Since this one was really the only one we would ever see on television, I watched it every time I could. Isn't it interesting that both the Lugosi "Dracula" use a quotation from "Swan Lake" as a theme song. I've always wondered why that is. It is certainly eerie and as the credits roll, it builds in intensity. I was told once that Tchaikovsky would probably do movie soundtracks if he were alive today. Pardon my digressions. It is interesting that the mummy (as a fully wrapped personage) really doesn't appear after the beginning sequence--we just know that old Boris is in the process of decay and will eventually be sent to his eternal reward. As usual, the scientists and those who should know, carelessly leave the young woman unattended and he makes his move. The threatening suavity of Karloff is the high point of the movie. I feel the world received such a gift when these films were made. It is a delight, full of frightening images and classic moments.

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