Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)

Video  |   |  Documentary, Short, Horror  |  1 November 2002 (Finland)
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Credited cast:
Himself / Host
Paul M. Jensen ...
John Balderston Jr. ...
Himself (as John Balderston)
Sara Karloff ...
David Del Valle ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter (archive footage)
Ramsay Ames ...
Amina Mansouri (archive footage)
John L. Balderston ...
Himself (Screenwriter) (archive footage)
Leon Belasco ...
Ali (archive footage)
Paul E. Burns ...
Banning Caretaker (archive footage)
Yousef Bey (archive footage)
Kharis (archive footage)
Virginia Christine ...
Princess Ananka (archive footage)
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
High Priest (archive footage)


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Rakas muumio  »

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This documentary is featured on both the Classic Monster Collection and Monster Legacy Collection DVDs for The Mummy (1932). See more »


References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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I Was Wrapped Up in It!
1 November 2009 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Exceedingly well-done documentary on the making of The Mummy with lots of great stories about some of the stars and makers of that film. Zita Johann is examined in great detail(greater than Karloff I believe), and we get lots of second-hand stories about her spiritualism, her fights with Karl Freund the director, and her wit. Film historian Gregory Man details a couple of the stories with great clarity, wit, and even does an impression of Freund! There are other stories about Karloff and the arduous make-up he endured for Jack Pierce. There is a whole exposition done on where the concept of the story came from and then the documentary moves to a point by point and scene by scene comparison of The Mummy and Dracula. Even more might have been examined by giving actors like David Manners and Edward Van Sloan(who seems never to get any love in these things but was crucial in those early Universal greats!)some talk. The documentary then moves to the sequels and gives them some time, but it really just goes over them in a somewhat cursory manner. Producer/director David Skaal once again has given the Mummy as well as all the other Universal monsters in the stable their due.

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