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Release Date:
23 October 1942 (USA) See more »
BURIED FURY!...stalking to life from the depths of doom! (print ad from Realart re-release) See more »
A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kharis Stalks Again See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dick Foran ... Stephen Banning

John Hubbard ... John Banning

Elyse Knox ... Isobel Evans

George Zucco ... Andoheb

Wallace Ford ... Babe Hanson

Turhan Bey ... Mehemet Bey
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs.Evans
Cliff Clark ... Sheriff
Mary Gordon ... Jane

Paul E. Burns ... Jim

Frank Reicher ... Professor Norman
Emmett Vogan ... Coroner

Lon Chaney Jr. ... The Mummy (as Lon Chaney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sig Arno ... The Beggar (archive footage) (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Reporter (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Ali (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Byron ... Searcher (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Townsman (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Vic - Farmer (uncredited)
James Crane ... Pharaoh (archive footage) (uncredited)

Grace Cunard ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Old Townsman (uncredited)

Fern Emmett ... Laura - Wedding Dress Seamstress (uncredited)

Francis Ford ... Townsman (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Frank, Reporter (uncredited)

Otto Hoffman ... Retiring Cemetery Caretaker (uncredited)
Dick Hogan ... Boy in Car (uncredited)

Cecil Kellaway ... Solvani (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Bartender (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Vic's Wife (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Jake Lovell, New York Record (uncredited)

Peggy Moran ... Marta Solvani Banning (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Nick (uncredited)

Janet Shaw ... Girl in Car (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Farmer Holding Horse (uncredited)

Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Petrie (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Tyler ... Kharis (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Doctor (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Police Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold Young 
Writing credits
Neil P. Varnick (story)

Griffin Jay (screenplay) and
Henry Sucher (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... associate producer
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack Pierce)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director
Art Department
Ralph M. DeLacy .... associate art director
A.J. Gilmore .... associate set decorator (as J. Andrew Gilmore)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
William Schwartz .... sound technician
Special Effects by
Tim Baar .... special effects (uncredited)
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera West .... gowns
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (1952) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8655)

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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.See more »
Plot holes: 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 (1940), 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 »
Andoheb:Now swear by the sacred gods of Egypt, that you will never rest until the last remaining member of the Banning family is destroyed.
Mehemet Bey:I swear!
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Kharis Stalks Again, 16 July 2007
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Universal, 1942), directed by Harold Young, the third installment in the Mummy series, the second to feature Kharis and the first starring Lon Chaney Jr. as the living creature under wraps. A  sequel to THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940) released two years earlier, this legend of Kharis continues, set thirty years later, with Dick Foran, Wallace Ford and George Zucco reprising their original characters sporting middle-age makeup consisting of gray hairs, glasses and wrinkles.

The story opens in a town of Mapleton in Massachusetts, with the middle-aged widow named Steve Banning (Dick Foran) relating his scientific expedition to his sister, Jane (Mary Gordon), son, John (John Hubbard) and Isobel (Elyse Knox), John's fiancé, on how he, his now deceased wife, Marta (played earlier by Peggy Moran) and his friend, Babe Hanson (Wallace Ford) encountered the ancient burial ground of Kharis, the mummy. The next scene shifts over to Egypt where High Priest Andoheb (George Zucco), who amazingly survived three bullet wounds shot into him by Hansen and his long plunge down the temple steps (told via flashback), assigns Mehemet (Turhan Bey), to guide Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to America where his next assignment is to avenge the surviving members of the expedition, doing away with the Banning family and finally Babe Hansen, whose character arrives later in the story.

Taking a new direction from its previous successors by shifting Kharis from Egypt to the United States, with similarities to Dracula (1931) where Kharis on board the ship, resting inside his tomb, bound for his destination with Mehemet as his guide in the similar fashion to Dracula's Mr. Renfield. Once in Massachusetts, Mehemet takes up residence as a cemetery caretaker with Kharis feeling right at home surrounded by tomb sweet tombs of buried beings. Like Dracula, Kharis stalks his victims at night and rests by day.

While THE MUMMY'S TOMB tends to be original, it mostly borrows from other horror stories, including its predecessor where Mehemet captures Isobel to make her his bride as his predecessor Andoheb tried to do with Marta in THE MUMMY'S HAND. Besides resurrections and revisions, the film delivers towards its final half with chills and thrills, and Kharis meeting the same fate as the Frankenstein monster, who doesn't appear here.

Supporting players include Frank Reicher (Professor Matthew Norman); Cliff Clark (The Sheriff); Virginia Brissac (Ella Evans); and Otto Hoffman (The Cemetery Caretaker).

Strictly "B" material for the juvenile crowd, THE MUMMY'S TOMB is a fast-paced if not entirely incredible 62 minutes. Without the flashback and stock material from the previous film, this movie would have been ten minutes shorter. Minus the over abundance of comedy relief stressed out from THE MUMMY'S HAND, TOMB has all the familiarities from other Universal horror films from the 1940s, especially the stock musical score by Hans J. Salter. Although THE MUMMY'S TOMB did not become a top of the line Mummy show, it did lead the way to the next installment of THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944), considered by many to be the best of all the "Kharis" thrillers.

Footnote: For anyone paying close attention to detail, it should be noted that since the first Kharis film installment obviously takes place in 1940, then this sequel, which looks very much like modern-day 1942, is set thirty years into the future, namely 1970. Otherwise if this is 1942, then the earlier film should have taken place in 1912 with actors in futuristic 1940s attire.

Other than local television presentations prior to 1985s Fright Night/Chiller theaters, and availability on video cassette and later DVD format, it's cable broadcast history consists of the Sci-Fi Channel (1990s) and American Movie Classics (2000-2002).(**)

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