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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 »
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It comes to life!
Plot:
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The one, TRUE mummy! See more (144 total) »

Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Imhotep
Zita Johann ... Helen Grosvenor
David Manners ... Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron ... Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan ... Docter 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)
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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)
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 | 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:
Boris Karloff to make-up artist (and designer of the mummy bandage costume) Jack P. Pierce: "Well, you've done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!"See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: It is said a few times in the movie that princess Ankh-es-en-amon was a vestal virgin. Vestal virgins were in fact part of the Roman religion (they were priestesses of the goddess Vesta, hence their name), and had nothing to do with ancient Egyptian religion.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Whemple:Stuck in the desert for two months, and was it hot! That tomb...
Helen Grosvenor:What tomb?
Frank Whemple:Surely you read about the princess?
Helen Grosvenor:So you did that.
Frank Whemple:Yes. The fourteen steps down and the unbroken seals were thrilling. But when we came to handle all her clothes and her jewels and her toilet things - you know they buried everything with them that they used in life? - well, when we came to unwrap the girl herself...
Helen Grosvenor:How could you do that?
Frank Whemple:Had to! Science, you know. Well after we'd worked among her things, I felt as if I'd known her. But when we got the wrappings off, and I saw her face... you'll think me silly, but I sort of fell in love with her.
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Referenced in Legion of the Dead (2005) (V)See more »
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44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
The one, TRUE mummy!, 10 May 1999
Author: George R. Willeman from Culpeper, VA

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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