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The Mummy (1932)

 -  Horror  -  22 December 1932 (USA)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover.

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The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)
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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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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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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Trivia

According to Johann Freund's behavior became dangerous as in those days before the Actors' Guild there was no protection. "Finally we reached a climax. Freund had exhausted me so that the crew was furious; they wanted to kill him. 'What the hell is he doing to her?' they'd ask my secretary. Freund never heard of the 12 hour day. Well, very near the end of the shooting on a Saturday night, we had the scene where Karloff shows me my previous lives in the magic pool. Suddenly I keeled over, and I was out for an hour - dead. They couldn't get a doctor - it was 11 o'clock at night - so the crew prayed me back to consciousness." See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Muller: Look - the sacred spells which protect the soul in its journey to the underworld have been chipped off the coffin. So Imhotep was sentenced to death not only in this world, but in the next.
Assistant: Maybe he got too gay with the vestal virgins in the temple.
Doctor Muller: Possibly.
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The credit begins over a rotating model of the Pyramids site, then the main title 'The Mummy' is made with 3D rock letters on the side of a pyramid. See more »

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Misterioso
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Precedes "Swan Lake" during opening credits
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The one, TRUE mummy!
10 May 1999 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Having recently seen the 1999 remake, I realized just how powerful Karloff's portrayal of Imhotep/Ardath Bey truly is. Without fancy effects or CGI, without an $80,000,000 budget, with little more than dry-looking make-up, a doleful stare, and that wonderful, lisping voice, Karloff created a monster that will endure long after the rental copies of the remake have shed their metal oxide coatings. Karl Freund, the director, was one of Germany's finest cameramen and this was his first film as a director. Employing the "less is more" theory of film-making, he keeps the mummy a very mysterious and deadly creature. Never does the mummy stroll up to someone, working them into a corner to strangle them. No, he just reaches out with his mind, killing people from miles away. Finally, the flashback scene is one of the best, done in "silent film" style with music and Karloff supplying a morbid voiceover. Sadly, Universal cut the flashback short before the mummy had a chance to tell about chasing the re-incarnated princess throughout time. Some stills survive and Henry Victor still gets credit as "The Saxon Warrior".


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