First of Lon Chaney's three MUMMY features, begun June 1, 1942, and released October 23, on a double bill with "Night Monster. " See more »
Near the beginning of the film, Stephen Banning recounts his encounter with the mummy to his family. While Banning is narrating, clips from the previous film, The Mummy's Hand, are shown in the form of flashbacks. Banning is able to recount the final conversation between Professor Andoheb and Dr. Petrie despite the facts that nobody else was in the room with them, Dr. Petrie was killed by the mummy before he could leave the room, and Professor Andoheb was wounded and presumed dead. Even if he was able to piece together what happened to Dr. Petrie based on the evidence, Banning would not have had the perspective to recount the conversation. See more »
Whether you can believe it or not, the facts are here and we've got to face them. A creature that's been alive for over 3,000 years is in this town.
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Well, I like it anyway! As before, the first 10 minutes are spent in a series of flashbacks, this time out of a total running time of 57 minutes.
30 years on the Mummy and Zucco have actually "survived", Zucco enrols Bey to take the Mummy to Hicksville, America and eliminate the surviving tomb raiders. The plan is carried out but derailed by Bey's instant lusting for the heroine, much to the Mummy's disgust. It's an utterly preposterous (and monstrous) plot of course, and without the usual nominal Universal production values would not even have the charm I like in Golden Age movies. In 1952 this would have been an out and out clinker, a Plan 9 competitor. But with those production values also come the familiar nitrate film/atmosphere/sets/actors and decent photography that I love to watch over and over again. The crematorium in The Black Cat was used, and in this they even set fire to the Winslow house - would that Hugh Herbert's character had been inside! That was never Lon Chaney Jr playing the Mummy, and it was Tom Tyler in the flashbacks, they just used Chaney's name to help sell the picture.
The local doctor examining the mould from a victim of the Mummy announced that they "were in the presence of the living dead" - sadly I get that feeling every time I trot an old Hollywood film out!
Like I said, I like it but frankly I think I'm in a tiny minority!
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