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The Mummy's Hand (1940)

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An ancient mummy is revived to destroy those that would invade the 3,000 year old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ...
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Marta Solvani
Wallace Ford ...
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
The High Priest (as Eduardo Cianelli)
George Zucco ...
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The Great Solvani (as Cecil Kelloway)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. Petrie
Tom Tyler ...
Sig Arno ...
The Beggar (as Siegfried Arno)
Eddie Foster ...
Egyptian Starting Fight
Harry Stubbs ...
Bartender
Michael Mark ...
Bazaar Owner
Mara Tartar ...
Girl Vendor
Leon Belasco ...
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A couple of comical, out-of-work archaeologists (Dick Foran and Wallace Ford) in Egypt discover evidence of the burial place of the ancient Egyptian princess Ananka. After receiving funding from an eccentric magician (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran), they set out into the desert only to be terrorized by a sinister high priest (George Zucco) and the living mummy Kharis (Tom Tyler) who are the guardians of Ananka^Òs tomb. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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They dared the curse of the ancients... to solve the most amazing mystery ever encountered by mortal man! See more »

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20 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mão da Múmia  »

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The film takes place in May 1940. See more »

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When Marta says, "I'll fix him with my trick revolver," her lips do not move. See more »

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Andoheb: You are very beautiful... so beautiful I'm going to make you immortal. Like Kharis, you will live forever. What I can do for you I can do for myself. Neither time nor death can touch us. You and I together for eternity here in the Temple of Karnak. You shall be my high priestess.
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More fun than frightening
27 May 2005 | by (Illinoize) – See all my reviews

This movie wisely decides to proceed on a different track entirely than the masterful Karloff "The Mummy". Very few horror films could match the earlier entry for sheer atmosphere and dreamy menace.

Instead, "The Mummy's Hand" opts more for adventure, with a generous helping of laughs thrown in. We follow the trail of two American treasure hunters as they seek the lost tomb of Ananka. Little do they know that the tomb is protected not only by a fanatical cult, but also the living mummy Kharis, who has become the guardian of the woman he once loved. Dick Foran is extremely likable as Steve Banning and seems like a regular guy. As wise-cracking sidekick Babe, Wallace Ford sometimes annoys but not to the point where you actually want to see him get killed. Peggy Moran is fiery and most attractive as Marta. Naturally she winds up butting heads with Steve and naturally they are attracted to each other.

Two grand old actors really liven things up. Cecil Kellaway is delightful as the scatterbrained magician the Great Solvani who bankrolls the expedition. And George Zucco has a signature role as Andoheb, sinister high priest of the cult of Karnak who controls Kharis. Much time is devoted to the workings of the Karnak cult and the mechanisms that animate Kharis. The lore of the tanna leaves starts here. Nine are needed to fully animate Kharis, but if he ever drinks the brew of 10 tanna leaves, "he will become a monster the likes of which the world has never seen". Sadly, we never really see what Kharis would be like with an overdose of tanna leaves.

Cowboy star Tom Tyler makes for a creepy mummy in his few scenes. Totally lacking the charismatic presence of Karloff, he instead opts for the familiar crawling lurch that would later become a parody. His blacked out eyes are particularly unnerving.

A little bit too much comedy and not quite enough Kharis keep this from being really top notch, but it's still quite an enjoyable programmer.


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