The Egyptian Mummy
In order to make money, a man hires a bum to pretend to be a mummy, so he can sell the "body" for scientific experiments.In order to make money, a man hires a bum to pretend to be a mummy, so he can sell the "body" for scientific experiments.In order to make money, a man hires a bum to pretend to be a mummy, so he can sell the "body" for scientific experiments.
Simply because he is poor, Dick is not wanted as a prospective son-in-law by Professor Hicks, a scientist seeking the recipe for the elixir of life. He finally discovers the combination of chemicals, and wild with delight, advertises for a mummy to try it on. Dick sees the ad, and he gets Tim, a tramp, to agree to pose as the mummy, and with the aid of the landlady's son, the hobo is soon swathed in bandage-like wrappings, painted and decorated so that he resembles a mummy. A coffin is procured, then Dick sends word to Professor Hicks that he has a mummy for sale at $5,000. The latter delightedly buys it on the spot. Dick at once invests in stock at the suggestions of a friend, tells Eva, the Professor's daughter, and awaits results. Hicks fills up a big syringe with the elixir of life and jabs it into Tim. The tramp mummy certainly comes to life, and unmistakably proves it by chasing Professor Hicks round and round the room. Finally, the latter, after many bruises, escapes out the door, slams and locks it. His daughter and the rest of the household come to his assistance and he tremblingly tells them his elixir worked altogether too well. Next morning, after finishing up the drinkables and smokeables, Tim escapes by way of the fire-escape, first shutting down the coffin lid. Hicks, lame and sore, cautiously creeps to the door and hearing no noise, concludes the mummy has returned to the coffin. He enters, sees the lid is closed and quickly nails it down. In the meantime, Dick hears that his stock has gone up 20 points and that he is now rich. He meets Tim, gives him his old clothes and some money, then goes to the Professor, claims his bride and secures Hicks' consent. —Moving Picture World synopsis
Joel Day as "The Mummy"!
The emaciated guy playing the "mummy" is in fact very creepy looking! The actor is Joel Day and he is the real star of the film. Constance Talmadge is not on screen all that much. Billy Quirk is top billed but he is essentially the straight man here. The film is absolutely stolen by Day as the tramp turned mummy. It's very funny and well worth a look if you aren't expecting a Karloff-type mummy or wanting to see prime Constance Talmadge. There is even a horror genre plot element. The doctor, played by director Lee Beggs, is trying raise the dead and he thinks he has discovered "the elixir of life". I was laughing out loud as the nutty professor (or whatever he is supposed to be) believed he was being attacked by a real live and vicious mummy! The whole thing is ultra dumb and silly, but I was surprisingly entertained by this wild film. Joel Day is listed here in only a handful of films, but one of his other credits, Universal's MAN OF SHAME (1915), has him playing Death. Judging from his looks here, I'll bet he was effective as Mr. D. THE Egyptian MUMMY (1914) can be found on the NICKELODIA Volume 1 DVD from Unknown Video.
- Jul 6, 2014
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