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Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918)

A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher's daughter.

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A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher's daughter.

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Film was made by the 'Historical Feature Film Company [us]' which was a white-run company; but, distributed by the Ebony Film Company [us]' to make it appear that it was released by a black-controlled company. See more »

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Fun Mummy Comedy
4 December 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918)

*** (out of 4)

Fun comedy has Bill wanting to marry the woman his loves but her father refuses until he can prove to be a money maker and capable of taking care of her. Bill then reads a note in the newspaper with a many offering a grand for an actual mummy so Bill goes out to find a mummy.

I must admit that I had never heard of this film until it popped up on Kino's Pioneers of African-American Cinema collection. This film should certainly be better known and especially to horror fans since there's a mummy on display here. The comic timing is actually very good throughout the picture and I thought there were some hilarious sequences including one where the mummy (a man dressed up) falls off the back of a carriage and is being dragged around. Another funny sequences happens when a friend of Bill's sees a fake mummy.

The only problem with this short is the fact that the start and end of the print are in really horrid shape. It's hard to make out what's going on and it's really too bad because this is still a gem.


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