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The Mummy's Hand (1940)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  20 September 1940 (USA)
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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 ...
Peggy Moran ...
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 excavation scenes were shot on the Universal back-lot in a rocky and desert-like section of the natural hills known as "Gausman's Gulch," named after Russell A. Gausman, set decorator on this film, and many other of Universal's horror films. To give the gulch a more canyon-like and wild appearance, it was augmented with artificial rock-faces and boulders. See more »

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When Steve is examining the beggar's medallion, he is holding it in his left hand yet in the close up it's being held by a right hand. See more »

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Andoheb: Tana leaves!
The High Priest: Bring three of them. Three of the leaves will make enough fluid to keep Kharis's heart beating. Once each night, during the cycle of the full moon, you will dissolve three tana leaves and give the fluid to Kharis.
[a jackal howls]
The High Priest: Children of the night, they howl about the Hill of the Seven Jackals when Kharis must be fed. Should unbelievers seek to desecrate the tomb of Ananka, you will use nine leaves each night to give life and movement to Kharis. Thus you will enable him to ...
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The Mummy's Hand (1940) ***
16 February 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Not a sequel to Boris Karloff's THE MUMMY, but the start of an entirely different series of non-related films.

A group of likable treasure seekers search for the tomb of an ancient princess, but they encounter her still-living mummified prince instead, bent on destroying anyone who would dare defile the ancient Egyptian gods. This was the first and best of four Universal films featuring the mummy Kharis. At this stage of the game the formula was still fresh and not at all clichéd or monotonous, so that already places HAND at a distinct advantage over its other sequels and spin-off's.

Tom Tyler makes one very creepy mummy, all arthritic and twisted, with weird eyes that are optically blackened out for full effect in chilling closeups. George Zucco is deliciously cunning as the mad High Priest who keeps the mummy alive and killing via the sacred brew of nine ancient tana leaves. Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Cecil Kellaway and Peggy Moran are all very pleasant as the awkward explorers who stumble upon Kharis' cursed tomb.

Comic relief is well used but never becomes intrusive, as the action always remains dead serious whenever the mummy takes center stage.


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