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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 ...
Peggy Moran ...
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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Adventure | Horror

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20 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mão da Múmia  »

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Shooting began late May-June, 1940, released September 20. See more »

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In the ancient Egypt flashback when Kharis is caught as he is about to bring the princess back from the dead, the scene cuts back and forth between close-ups of him in which his arms are folded across his chest and wide-angle shots wherein they are straight down along his sides. This is because the latter are stock footage from The Mummy, featuring Boris Karloff as the offender. 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) ***
5 August 2005 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

One of the best Universal horror films of the 40s and a worthy follow-up to the 1932 original, even if it wasn't directly related to it and actually spun a series of its own. While in essence no more than a B-film, it's solidly made on all fronts: the plot, unlike that of its sequels, is fresh and exciting and it boasts four likable protagonists, as well as a wonderful trio of 'villains' - Eduardo Ciannelli (appearing briefly as the dying High Priest), George Zucco (as his evil successor, in one of his finest performances) and Tom Tyler (as the maimed but relentless revenge-seeking Mummy, who's as good in the role as Boris Karloff had been earlier and Christopher Lee would be in the 1959 Hammer remake, of this one more than the original). The film's first half features a healthy dose of comic relief which I found in no way distracting, as it had proved to be in other horror films of the period; in fact, this element only helps accentuate the effectiveness of the latter sections of the film which offer more standard thrills, culminating in a superb climax - where Kharis has to literally crawl for his life-preserving tana fluid!


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