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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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1 November 2002 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Edited from The Mummy's Hand (1940) See more »

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interesting documentary about The Mummy, weaker on information about the sequels
1 July 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting documentary about Universal's classic Mummy series of movies. It concentrates the most on the first one, providing information on how it came to be, about its director Karl Freud, its main stars Boris Karloff and Zita Johann, and makeup man (or sadist?) Jack Pierce.

There are interviews with film historians, and relatives of some of the people involved with the film, such as Karloff's daughter. Relatively little attention is paid to the sequels, but they are covered.

I found it interesting how The Mummy started off as being about the Italian historical character Cagliostro! Also interesting to see was how The Mummy copies certain formulas and scenes from the Universal Dracula film, which they illustrated by showing some of these scenes one after another. A similar thing happened with The Invisible Man copying Frankenstein, as the documentary for The Invisible Man notes.

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