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The Mummy (1932)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 22 December 1932 (USA)
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An Egyptian mummy searches Cairo for the girl he thinks is his long-lost princess.

Director:

Karl Freund

Writers:

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

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

This is the only Universal monster of the time without a fictional antecedent. Large segments of the movie are scene-by-scene parallels of Dracula (1931). An ankh symbol (the ancient Egyptian glyph for "life") is substituted for the crucifix of the earlier movie. Even Edward Van Sloan's character, Dr. Muller, is quite analogous to his Dr. Van Helsing from the vampire film. See more »

Goofs

Pharaoh is misspelled in both the opening and closing credits as "pharoh." See more »

Quotes

Frank Whemple: He's a strange one.
Sir Joseph Whemple: But you might at least have thanked the man. He was responsible for finding the Princess.
Frank Whemple: Yes, I rather wish he hadn't been. I think it's a dirty trick, this Cairo Museum keeping everything we've found.
Sir Joseph Whemple: That was the contract. The British Museum works for the cause of science, not for loot.
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Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Love
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Played during the ball sequence where Helen is telepathically called to the museum
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The greatest Mummy movie ever made. Full of atmosphere and suspense.
11 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I love the classic horror movies of the 1930s. They were made when the talkies were still novel and film makers were experimenting with storytelling approaches, often taking inspirations from German Expressionism (indeed 'The Mummy's director Karl Freund, who later directed another 1930s classic 'Mad Love', originally worked as a cinematographer on Fritz Lang's science fiction classic 'Metropolis' and several movies by F.W. Murnau). And it was before the Hayes Code kicked in and took a lot of the fun and thrills out of horror movies (just look at how safe and uninteresting horror became in the 1940s with a few notable exceptions e.g. the movies produced by Val Lewton). The film obviously owes a lot to 'Dracula' and Edward Van Sloan and David Manners from that film reappear here in similar roles. Karloff is brilliant as Imhotep a.k.a The Mummy, and stage actress Zita Johann is wonderful too, very striking with exotic good looks. Too bad she became very quickly disillusioned with Hollywood as she should have been a major screen star. Karloff and Johann are fantastic on screen together, and make 'The Mummy' impossible to forget. I was quite surprised to discover that this movie wasn't enormously successful when originally released, but it has obviously captured the imagination of thousands of film fans since. It is easily the best Mummy movie ever made (though I also have a fondness for Hammer's "Blood From The Mummy's Tomb' made almost forty years later), and much more entertaining and intelligent than the awful remake starring Brendan Fraser et al. 'The Mummy' stands alongside 'Dracula', 'Frankenstein', 'Island Of Lost Souls', 'Freaks', 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Black Cat' as one of the best horror movies of the 1930s, an era that has had an enormous impact on horror ever since. Highly recommended!


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USA

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English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

22 December 1932 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$196,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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