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The Mummy (1932)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 22 December 1932 (USA)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover.

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Complete credited cast:
... Imhotep
... Helen Grosvenor
... Frank Whemple
... Sir Joseph Whemple
... Doctor Muller
... Ralph Norton
... The Nubian
Kathryn Byron ... Frau Muller
... Professor Pearson
James Crane ... The Pharaoh
... The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)
... Knight (scenes deleted)
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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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$196,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

So many layers of cotton were glued to Boris Karloff's face to create the wrinkled visage of Imhotep as a mummy that he was unable to move his facial muscles enough even to speak. See more »

Goofs

When Im-Ho-Tep breaks the glass in the display case with his bare hand, there is clearly no glass there, just the sound effect. See more »

Quotes

Imhotep: Excuse me... I dislike being touched... an Eastern prejudice.
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Henry Victor, officially credited as The Saxon Warrior, never appears in the film because his scenes were removed from the final cut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Marche Funebre
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from Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü (1929) (1930 version)
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Played during the flashback to Ancient Egypt
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Karloff Walks!
27 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

THE MUMMY awakened in Egypt by English archeologists goes on a rampage searching for its reincarnated lover.

Boris Karloff dominates this little fright fest, bringing new nightmares to the screen and proving that his Frankenstein's Monster was no mere quirk, but actually the beginning of a distinguished career in shocker films. Helped immensely by makeup master Jack Pierce, who gave the Mummy face & hands like weathered parchment, Karloff uses his own saturnine features and tall thin body to full effect, creating a horror portrait that has stood the test of time.

A sturdy supporting cast gives Karloff good support: exotic Zita Johann is lovely & slightly mysterious as the woman of Imhotep's deathless desires; valiant David Manners as the young hero gives another typically fine performance; Arthur Byron & Edward Van Sloan are enjoyable as the requisite old gentlemen (every horror film must have at least one) who study & stalk the Mummy. African-American silent film star Noble Johnson appears as a sinister Nubian.

The film's best scene, the resuscitation of the Mummy, demonstrates the potential of the medium. The only indication the viewer has that something horrible is about to happen is a flicker of Karloff's eye and a slight movement of his hand as he stands in his casket, bound in bandages. The rest of the scene unfolds in the hysterical reaction of young Bramwell Fletcher (excellent performance) as he watches the undead leave the scientists' tent. All the audience sees is Karloff's hand and the trailing bandages from his feet as they drag across the floor. It is enough.


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