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The Mummy (1932)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 22 December 1932 (USA)
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A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

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

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Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

22 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cagliostro See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$196,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first assignment in the director's chair for noted German cinematographer Karl Freund. He was given this opportunity only two years after arriving in the US. See more »

Goofs

Helen, compelled by Ardath Bey (Im-Ho-Tep), takes a cab to the Cairo Museum. The cab pulls up along side the car in which the Whemples are about to leave. Tire tracks, exactly matching those of the cab, are visible in the dirt drive near the Whemples' car. These tracks were evidently left when the cab's approach was rehearsed. See more »

Quotes

Imhotep: Excuse me... I dislike being touched... an Eastern prejudice.
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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in Honest Trailers: The Mummy (2017) (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Funebre
(uncredited)
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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An oddly poetic episode of terror.
14 June 2003 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Karl Freund, who photographed some of the most memorable silent films made both in this country and Germany, turned director only twice in his career. He directed Peter Lorre in MAD LOVE (1935) and Boris Karloff in this film I am about to discuss. Following FRANKENSTEIN and THE OLD DARK HOUSE the public knew it liked Boris Karloff but he had been silent in his two biggest roles. When this movie was released they flocked to the cinema to hear him speak (evidently they had missed THE MIRACLE MAN, NIGHT WORLD, BUSINESS AND PLEASURE and the other minor roles he appeared in while FRANKENSTEIN was becoming a hit). His voice was no disappointment and neither was his performance in this picture. Director Freund handles many important scenes as if he were directing a silent film . . .and it WORKS! The scene of Im-Ho-Tep returning to life is masterful, as is the flashback sequence where he shows his reincarnated princess just what became of him. David Manners is a far more practical hero in this film than he was in DRACULA (and he is not hampered by having to wear those ridiculous knickerbockers) and Edward van Sloan is fabulous yet again. Watch for Noble Johnson showing off his muscular frame as the Nubian servant. Jack Pierce's makeup is nothing short of fantastic; what he did with gum cotton and collodion was truly masterful. The photography is very well done also. One scene where the camera flashpans away from Im-Ho-Tep and over the rooftops of Cairo coming to rest on Helen Grosvenor is truly Germanic. A similar scene appears in FAUST (1926), and also in SVENGALI (1931). Red Rock Canyon substitutes for ancient Egypt but we always believe we are seeing just what we are supposed to be seeing. This is a very subtle film, and all the more scary because if its subtlety. Now shall we discuss MAD LOVE?


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