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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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Nina Wilcox Putnam (from a story by) &
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Release Date:
22 December 1932 (USA) See more »
It comes to life!
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Moody, understated and succinct See more (153 total) »


  (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)
Jack Deery ... Party Guest (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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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #2709-R: 23 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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 »
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 »
[last lines]
Frank Whemple:Helen! Helen! Come back! It's Frank! Come back!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Face of Tutankhamun" (1992)See more »
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37 out of 37 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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