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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:
Stranger than "Dracula" ... More fantastic than "Frankenstein" ... More mysterious than "The Invisible Man" See more »
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:
Karloff Walks! See more (158 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)
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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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #2709-R: 23 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
(From a tomb inscription) "Death... eternal punishment... for anyone who opens this casket... In the name of Amon-Ra, the King of the gods..."See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Im-Ho-Tep breaks the glass in the display case with his bare hand, there is clearly no glass there, just the sound effect.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Joseph Whemple:[translating inscription on box] "Death... eternal punishment... for... anyone... who... opens... this... casket. In the name... of Amon-Ra... the king of the gods." Good heavens, what a terrible curse!
Ralph Norton:[eagerly] Well, let's see what's inside!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Footloose (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swan Lake, Op.20See more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Karloff Walks!, 27 May 2003
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

THE MUMMY awakened in Egypt by English archeologists goes on a rampage searching for its reincarnated lover.

Boris Karloff dominates this little fright fest, bringing new nightmares to the screen and proving that his Frankenstein's Monster was no mere quirk, but actually the beginning of a distinguished career in shocker films. Helped immensely by makeup master Jack Pierce, who gave the Mummy face & hands like weathered parchment, Karloff uses his own saturnine features and tall thin body to full effect, creating a horror portrait that has stood the test of time.

A sturdy supporting cast gives Karloff good support: exotic Zita Johann is lovely & slightly mysterious as the woman of Imhotep's deathless desires; valiant David Manners as the young hero gives another typically fine performance; Arthur Byron & Edward Van Sloan are enjoyable as the requisite old gentlemen (every horror film must have at least one) who study & stalk the Mummy. African-American silent film star Noble Johnson appears as a sinister Nubian.

The film's best scene, the resuscitation of the Mummy, demonstrates the potential of the medium. The only indication the viewer has that something horrible is about to happen is a flicker of Karloff's eye and a slight movement of his hand as he stands in his casket, bound in bandages. The rest of the scene unfolds in the hysterical reaction of young Bramwell Fletcher (excellent performance) as he watches the undead leave the scientists' tent. All the audience sees is Karloff's hand and the trailing bandages from his feet as they drag across the floor. It is enough.

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