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The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 December 1944 (USA)
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An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths Kharis the living mummy (Lon Chaney Jr.), who was buried in quicksand 25 years earlier.

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Kharis, the Mummy (as Lon Chaney)
Peter Coe ...
Virginia Christine ...
Kay Harding ...
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Dr. James Halsey
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Ragheb
Kurt Katch ...
Cajun Joe
Addison Richards ...
Maj. Pat Walsh
Holmes Herbert ...
Dr. Cooper
Charles Stevens ...
Achilles
William Farnum ...
Sacristan
Napoleon Simpson ...
Goobie
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An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths Kharis the living mummy (Lon Chaney Jr.), who was buried in quicksand 25 years earlier. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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HANDS CREEPING LIKE COBRAS! EYES CRAWLING WITH MADNESS! THE MUMMY RUNS AMOK! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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22 December 1944 (USA)  »

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A Maldição da Múmia  »

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According to actress Virginia Christine, when Chaney carried her, she was attached to a harness that went around his neck and her waist. The actress has stated that Chaney was drunk through most of the picture. In the scenes whee he carries her up the steep, crooked, worn steps of the shrine, "he is absolutely stoned" and was "weaving , going side-to-side on these uneven steps." Because they were attached, Christine was concerned what would happen if the inebriated, husky Chaney fell. She was very relieved when the director stopped the shoot and replaced Chaney with a stand-in. See more »

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In the scene in the old abandon monastery, when we see Kharis in his sarcophagus for the first time; the servant of the Highpriest of Amon-Ra opens the sarcophagus and modern hinges, with modern screws, are visible. See more »

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Princess Ananka: It's as though I were two different people. Sometimes it seems as if I belong to a different world. I find myself in strange surroundings with strange people. I cannot ever seem to find rest! And now Kharis!
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Hey, You!
by Frank Orth and Oliver Drake
Sung by Ann Codee
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The Mummy's Curse (1944) **
26 October 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This may be the most repetitious of all the Kharis films and it's kind of gratifying that Universal finally stopped the cookie cutter after this last entry. It's by no means unenjoyable, but by now there's a severe case of "been here, done that" festering about and there isn't much new to help us along. Lon Chaney merely goes through the motions and gives the most listless of his three mummy performances. Peter Coe takes the award as the worst high priest, but Martin Kosleck is a good choice as his treacherous assistant even though he isn't given enough to do. The script is little more than a plodding chase which has the clumsy Kharis always coming within inches of seizing his beloved princess, only to narrowly miss her time and time again as she manages to ecape from his grasp.

Redeeming qualities are found in the switching of locations to the Louisiana bayou territory, as well as Virginia Christine's appearance as the reincarnated Princess Ananka. Her resurrection sequence from a muddy swamp is not only the high spot of the picture, but it's one of the best in the entire saga. By the way, what's interesting is that if you recognized from a hotel receipt that THE MUMMY'S HAND took place in 1940, and then added up the "30 years" later of THE MUMMY'S TOMB & THE MUMMY'S GHOST, and top it off with the "25 years later" of THE MUMMY'S CURSE, you'd see that this entry would take place in 1995! ** out of ****


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