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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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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:
The Most Subtle of the Universal Horror Films See more (148 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 ... 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 | 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:
The film's poster holds the record for the most money paid for a movie poster at auction: more than $453,500.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: According to the newspaper article detailing the findings, the man who helped them to find the site is named "Ardath Bay." (See also trivia, this is an anagram of "Death by Ra.") But many other sources, including the subtitles/captions on home video releases, use the spelling "Ardeth Bay."See more »
Quotes:
Imhotep:[to Helen Grosvenor dressed as his beloved Princess Anck-es-en-Amon] It was not only this body I loved, it was thy soul. I destroy this lifeless thing! Thou shall take its place but for a few moments and then... RISE again, even as I have risen!See more »
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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Most Subtle of the Universal Horror Films, 2 October 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Although frequently reinterpreted, the original 1932 THE MUMMY remains the most intriguing film version of a story inspired by both 1920s archaeological finds and the 1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula: when an over-eager archaeologist reads an incantation from an ancient scroll, he unexpectedly reanimates a mysterious mummy--who then seeks reunion with the princess for whom he died thousands of years earlier and ultimately finds his ancient love reincarnated in modern-day Egypt.

Less a typical horror film than a Gothic romance with an Egyptian setting, THE MUMMY has few special effects of any kind and relies primarily upon atmosphere for impact--and this it has in abundance: although leisurely told, the film possesses a darkly romantic, dreamlike quality that lingers in mind long after the film is over. With one or two exceptions, the cast plays with remarkable restraint, with Boris Karloff as the resurrected mummy and Zita Johann (a uniquely beautifully actress) standouts in the film. The sets are quite remarkable, and the scenes in which Karloff permits his reincarnated lover to relive the ancient past are particularly effective.

Kids raised on wham-bam action and special effects films will probably find the original THE MUMMY slow and uninteresting, but the film's high quality and disquieting atmosphere will command the respect of both fans of 1930s horror film and the more discerning viewer. Of all the 1930s Universal Studio horror films, THE MUMMY is the most subtle--and the one to which I personally return most often.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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