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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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tomb | mummy | princess | high priest | egypt | See more »

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The tomb of a thousand terrors! See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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20 September 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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

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The film explains in some detail how the mummy Kharis is kept alive by administering a brew of Tana leaves each month on the full moon. The leaves are kept in a sacred box, containing at most a few hundred leaves. This simply would not be enough to have kept Kharis alive since antiquity, given that at least one leaf each month would be required for at least three thousand years. See more »

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Steve Banning: What happened, Babe?
Babe Jenson: I was practicing my rock trick.
Steve Banning: Maybe next time you should practice on a pebble.
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Followed by The Mummy's Tomb (1942) See more »

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good mummy movie with some comedic elements, but definitely a horror film
30 June 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

An Egyptian man is told by is father an account of a Priest named Kharis who was in love with a Princess Annanka, and wanted to bring her back from the dead by stealing Tana leaves. There's no indication that she was in love with him. He is caught, and his tongue cut out, and buried alive with Tana leaves. The Egyptian man in the current day made high priest and is given the responsibility of keeping Kharis semi-alive with doses of three liquefied Tana leaves. If the Princess' tomb is going to be violated, then Kharis is to be revived with nine Tana leaves to destroy those responsible.

I found it odd that a man who was going to desecrate Annanka's grave was given the responsibility of guarding it. Perhaps it was poetic justice, and he lacked the ability to want to try to bring her back to life again. Indeed, the mummy of Kharis lacks the ability to do much more than move and carry out orders, and desire Tana leaves almost like a junkie.

Two men from Brooklyn stumble across a vase with a clue as to the whereabouts of Annanka's tomb. They see the opportunity to become rich and famous. They run it by the head of the Egyptian museum, who is the high priest, as it happens. He tries to dissuade them. His dual identity reminded me of Karloff's dual identity as mummy and scholar in The Mummy, to which this is only thematically a sequel.

The Brooklynites manage to get funding from a fellow Brooklynite and stage magician. After some trouble with his daughter, who was led to believe they were frauds, they go to find the tomb. (Oddly, one of her lines seems to have been dubbed in "I'll fix them with my trick revolver," to what purpose I'm not sure.) This of course means that a mummy is going to come to life! The mummy is given creepy jittery all-black eyes which was neat.


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