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An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

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Aga Ben Dragore
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Aga Ben Dragore, a knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab, is seeking a sacred jewel which has been stolen from an ancient tomb. The thief tells him that he sold it to Professor Morlant, a fanatical Egyptologist who fervently believes in the pagan power of the ancient Egyptian gods. Dying from a mysteriously disfiguring ailment, Morlant entrusts his faithful manservant to bandage the jewel in his hand and warns him of dire consequences if his dying wishes aren't carried out. After his burial in an Egyptian-type tomb on his estate, an anonymous robber steals the precious stone from the corpse. Although the ghastly-looking dead man rises at the next full moon to seek revenge, neither he nor the audience know which member of the household possesses the powerful jewel. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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An Ancient Curse Is About To Be Unleashed. See more »


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25 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bes: Kletba fantomú  »

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(British Acoustic)

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This was the first British horror film of the sound era. See more »

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Ralph backs up against a wall twice when Dragore comes in and draws a gun on him and Betty. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [referring to Morlant] What was the idea of bandaging his hand like that?
Laing: I cannot say. He had many a queer fancy.
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References The Sheik (1921) See more »

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Siegfried's Funeral March
(uncredited)
from "Der Götterdämmerung"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
Played during Morlant's funeral procession and thereafter
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What was lost has been found... a rarity from the 30's
24 May 2001 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

If you can locate a copy of this exceptional talkie you are indeed fortunate. It took me years to find, yet it was well worth the wait.

The history of this Karloff gem is fascinating. 'The Ghoul' had completely disappeared, not even the trailer survived. Yet in the 1980's (if I remember correctly), a lone nitrate print turned up in Prague, (with Hungarian subtitles) in *appalling* condition. Apparently, the nitrate film had shrunk to a mere third of it's original width, was exceptionally brittle and in a number of pieces yet was effectively restored... albeit not to the quality of it's release. Therefore, I was prepared to overlook the graininess, variable contrast and sound-track distortions.

'The Ghoul' belongs to Karloff. Had the film not vanished it would have become a hardy perennial of late night television horror alongside the Lemalle classics. As for the cast, sets and script (in that order), the film is superior to other horror classics of the period.

The story-line is vaguely reminiscent... an eccentric, terminally ill man (of Egyptian ancestry) decrees that a rare artefact must be entombed with him otherwise trouble will befall. As to be anticipated, the scarab jewel is removed from the hand of his corpse by a tomb robber not long after internment providing the impetus to wreak revenge in the signature fashion.

The quality of the film may distract some viewers, but the atmosphere retains most of it's inaugural impact. Definitely an eight and a half!


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