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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  23 June 1955 (USA)
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Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

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Complete credited cast:
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Pete Patterson
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Freddie Franklin
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Madame Rontru
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Charlie
Dan Seymour ...
Josef
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Semu
Kurt Katch ...
Dr. Gustav Zoomer
Richard Karlan ...
Hetsut
Mel Welles ...
Iben
George Khoury ...
Habid
Eddie Parker ...
Klaris, the Mummy (as Edwin Parker)
Mazzone-Abbott Dancers ...
Dance Troupe (as The Mazzone-Abbott Dancers)
Chandra Kaly and His Dancers ...
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Peggy King ...
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Paul Marion ...
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In Egypt Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered before they can return to America. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's Mummy's Day for Bud and Lou! (poster). See more »


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$738,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lou Costello had been suffering from rheumatic fever prior to filming, hence his slightly wan appearance. See more »

Goofs

Bud and Lou play back recordings on Dr. Zooma's reel to reel tape recorder multiple times, but they never once rewind it. See more »

Quotes

Lou Costello aka Freddie Franklin: Ask Klaris, he's the one that got us into this.
Bud Abbott aka Peter Patterson: And he's going to get us out of it.
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Crazy Credits

In the final credits, the boys are listed with fake character names. Throughout the movie, they use their real names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who's Your Mummy? (2011) See more »

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You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
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Sung by Peggy King
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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) ***
30 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Bud and Lou are two down and out adventurers in Egypt struggling to get some quick cash for a trip back home. They learn that a certain Dr. Zoomer has recently unearthed the mummy known as Klaris, "the Prince of Evil", and requires two good men to help him transport it back to the states. But before they can volunteer their services, Zoomer is murdered by two devoted followers of Klaris. Abbott and Costello then become absorbed in a three-way tug of war to secure the mummy and possess a sacred medallion which could lead to the discovery of the tomb of Princess Ara and her treasure in the bargain. Also competing for the prize is the dangerous Madame Rontru (played by sultry Marie Windsor) and her two henchmen (one played by Michael Ansara). But the Cult of Klaris (headed by Richard Deacon, who seems awkward in this part) is determined to intervene and reclaim the mummy and the medallion of Princess Ara for themselves and preserve the legend.

This was the next-to-final film for the aging Abbott and Costello, but yet it works quite well and emerges as one of their funniest from this period. The crazy plot helps to create some humorous shenanigans including a classic routine where Lou accidentally eats the sacred medallion which is hidden inside his hamburger, and another where he gets frustrated when Abbott keeps choosing to dig with a shovel even though Lou repeatedly tells him to "take your pick". The murder of Dr. Zoomer and the attempt by the killers to hide the corpse allows Costello another chance to go through his patented "disappearing bodies" shtick, though it's better done and not as repetitious here as it was in ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER. Both comedians are in great form throughout this comedy, and they're given some funny lines steadily throughout the picture (BUD: "How stupid can you get?" LOU: "How stupid do you want me to be"?)

For monster movie fans, the mummy Klaris (one wonders if this name was intentional or an error by the writers if they really meant to call him "Kharis" as in the Universal mummy series) is pretty bad looking; his bandaged carcass looks more like an over-sized pair of white pajamas, and his mushy face resembles a left-over egg roll. Klaris is played by Edwin Parker, a stuntman from back in the heyday of the classic Universal monster films who used to stand in as Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and even "Kharis" himself. *** out of ****


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