An X-ray machine reveals the presence of a corpse in an Egyptian sarcophagus. It is not that of the ancient high priest. Instead the body is that of the archaeologist who was thought to be on a trip to the Upper Nile, but is now found murdered. Written by
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The plot revolves around items from the tomb of a high priest of Sekhmet, and the statue of Sekhmet, which are found in the tomb itself. Although Sekhmet was indeed the goddess of revenge, she was not a mortuary goddess. The writers may have confused Sekhmet with Selket, who *was* a mortuary goddess. See more »
Tom Evans, Archeologist:
[pointing to the hieroglyphs on the tomb wall]
The design alternates with the symbols of life and death.
Story of man very short.
[alternately pointing to the symbols]
Life... death... life... death. Am reminded of ancient sage Confucious
[extending his arms out to suggest length]
who write, 'From life to death is reach of man.'
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The film opens with Charlie Chan flying in a plane in a close-up. He soon lands in the ancient land of Egypt where he has been sent to see what is happening with a group of British archaeologists working for the museum paying him. It seems some of the rare finds from its digs are being sold around the world whilst everything has been promised to the museum. This film was made in 1935 and is definitely somewhat creaky. Warner Oland, as always, does an admirable job as Chan. The rest of the cast is rather lacklustre, however. Stepin Fetchit plays a servant that walks real slow and mumbles incoherently. His presence in the film, apart from surely being racist and stereotyped, is suppose to be funny but is almost painful to endure. The plot is slow going as well, with some long stretches of in-action(hard to believe for a film that is just a little over an hour). The film does have some wonderful set pieces and ably created a mood for a dark, foreboding world of mummies and the like. A young servant girl is played by then starlet Rita Hayworth. Not a bad film but for me definitely a lesser installment in the Chan series.
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