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The Mummy (1932)

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A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

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Karl Freund

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Nina Wilcox Putnam (from a story by), Richard Schayer (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Imhotep
Zita Johann ... Helen Grosvenor
David Manners ... Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron ... Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Muller
Bramwell Fletcher ... Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson ... The Nubian
Kathryn Byron Kathryn Byron ... Frau Muller
Leonard Mudie ... Professor Pearson
James Crane ... The Pharaoh
Henry Victor ... The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)
Arnold Gray ... Knight (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. One night a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

Stranger than "Dracula" ... More fantastic than "Frankenstein" ... More mysterious than "The Invisible Man" See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

22 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cagliostro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$196,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During one notably intense day of shooting, Zita Johann fainted on set. The first person she saw when she came to was Boris Karloff, still in full makeup but out of character. See more »

Goofs

When Guest Host Ron Perlman introduced this film on Turner Classic Movies in October 2016, he referred to Zita Johann as "Zita Johnson". See more »

Quotes

Ralph Norton: He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face!
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Crazy Credits

The credit begins over a rotating model of the Pyramids site, then the main title 'The Mummy' is made with 3D rock letters on the side of a pyramid. See more »

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Referenced in Face Off: Movie Magic, Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op.20
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits
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It's the Atmosphere
23 October 2001 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I love these Universal horror movies. This one is all atmosphere. The lighting, the focus on Karloff's eyes and his threatening persona carry the film. When I was in elementary school (my kids would say not long after this film was made), I had another kid scare the daylights out of me by describing the internment of the Egyptian rulers. The taking of the body, perfuming it, placing it in a room full of gold, then killing the slaves so that only the priests would know the actual resting place of the body. There was also the bit about being wrapped alive for burial. I'll tell you.

The effect of that story, which is portrayed in the movie, put a bigger scare into me than any movie I've ever seen. Since this one was really the only one we would ever see on television, I watched it every time I could. Isn't it interesting that both the Lugosi "Dracula" use a quotation from "Swan Lake" as a theme song. I've always wondered why that is. It is certainly eerie and as the credits roll, it builds in intensity. I was told once that Tchaikovsky would probably do movie soundtracks if he were alive today. Pardon my digressions. It is interesting that the mummy (as a fully wrapped personage) really doesn't appear after the beginning sequence--we just know that old Boris is in the process of decay and will eventually be sent to his eternal reward. As usual, the scientists and those who should know, carelessly leave the young woman unattended and he makes his move. The threatening suavity of Karloff is the high point of the movie. I feel the world received such a gift when these films were made. It is a delight, full of frightening images and classic moments.


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