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The Mummy -- The legendary Boris Karloff stars as the mummy Im-Ho-Tep, a high priest who is revived by British archaeologists 3,700 years after being embalmed alive for trying to save the woman he loved.
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Director:
Writers:
Nina Wilcox Putnam (from a story by) &
Richard Schayer (from a story by) ...
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Release Date:
22 December 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It comes to life!
Plot:
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Moody, understated and succinct See more (149 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Imhotep
Zita Johann ... Helen Grosvenor
David Manners ... Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron ... Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Muller
Bramwell Fletcher ... Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson ... The Nubian
Kathryn Byron ... Frau Muller
Leonard Mudie ... Professor Pearson
James Crane ... The Pharaoh

Henry Victor ... The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Britton ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Gentleman #2 (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Inspector's Assistant (uncredited)
Tony Marlow ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Gentleman #1 (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Helen's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nubian (uncredited)

Directed by
Karl Freund 
 
Writing credits
Nina Wilcox Putnam (from a story by) &
Richard Schayer (from a story by)

John L. Balderston (screen play)

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Stanley Bergerman .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Dietrich (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles J. Stumar (camera) (as Charles Stumar)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Willy Pogany (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Archer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jerome Ash .... camera (uncredited)
James Drought .... camera operator (uncredited)
Martin Glouner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
King D. Gray .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
James Dietrich .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
 
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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-11 (2004) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2002) | Finland:(Banned) (1935) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1933) | New Zealand:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:PG (theatrical re-release) (2013) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #2709-R: 23 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Screenwriter John L. Balderston is credited with the Egyptian mummy theme for the film. At its earliest stages, the film was simply envisaged as a horror vehicle for Boris Karloff with no connection to Egypt at all. Balderston was a history enthusiast and had covered the opening of Pharaoh Tutankhamen as a foreign correspondent. His experiences in Egypt and love of ancient history influenced him to change the setting and plot of the film to feature an Egyptian mummy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the flashback scenes of Imhotep being mummified, his legs are bandaged together. They are still bound together in long shots of the mummy in his sarcophagus (which was a dummy). But when he comes to life, his legs are bandaged separately, allowing him to walk.See more »
Quotes:
Imhotep:Anck-es-en-Amon, my love has lasted longer than the temples of our gods. No man ever suffered as I did for you.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Marche FunebreSee more »

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36 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Moody, understated and succinct, 29 October 2004
Author: hausrathman

Boris Karloff plays Imhotep, a cursed Egyptian buried alive 3700-years-ago, returns to life to claim the reincarnation of his lost-love in this Universal classic. Moody, understated and succinct, The Mummy is one of the best films from Universal's classic horror period. Although much of the success can be credited to first time director Karl Freund, who normally worked as a top cinematographer, and the brilliant make-up artist Jack P. Pierce, it is Boris Karloff who gives the film its resonance. As he previously did with the Frankenstein monster, Karloff imbues this character with an aching sense of humanity which was completely absent later incarnations of the Mummy character. Credit must also be given to the able supporting cast including Zita Johann and the always reliable Edward Van Sloan. Now here's a question. Is the film scary by today's standards? I guess I'd have to say not really. However, I just watched this film again after seeing the American version of 'The Grudge.' 'The Grudge' certainly had me jumping more, but which film did I enjoy more? It'd have to be 'The Mummy.'

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