Aga Ben Dragore, a knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab, is seeking a sacred jewel which has been stolen from an ancient tomb. The thief tells him that he sold it to Professor Morlant, a fanatical Egyptologist who fervently believes in the pagan power of the ancient Egyptian gods. Dying from a mysteriously disfiguring ailment, Morlant entrusts his faithful manservant to bandage the jewel in his hand and warns him of dire consequences if his dying wishes aren't carried out. After his burial in an Egyptian-type tomb on his estate, an anonymous robber steals the precious stone from the corpse. Although the ghastly-looking dead man rises at the next full moon to seek revenge, neither he nor the audience know which member of the household possesses the powerful jewel.
Weird Happenings in a House of Mystery
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Did You Know?
In the early 1980s, while men were clearing one of the soundstages at Shepperton Studios in England, of old sets and other waste and debris, they found a locked door blocked by stacked lumber. Behind the door was a disused and long forgotten film vault that had not been used since the mid 1930s. It was cleared, and among the many cans of old film, was the original nitrate camera negative of this movie in perfect condition. The British Film Institute had new prints made, and the complete version aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. in 1984. Bootleg videotapes of this broadcast were shared among collectors for years, but when an official VHS release arrived from MGM/UA Home Video, it proved to be the virtually unwatchable Czech subtitled and heavily cut version. Finally, in 2003, just as the title was being prepared for DVD, MGM/UA obtained the superior material from the British Film Institute for release. This restored copy has substantially raised critical appreciation of the movie in modern times, and has been re-issued in 2008 by Network for a bargain price. See more
Ralph backs up against a wall twice when Dragore comes in and draws a gun on him and Betty. See more
That's the last time I'll ever try to make coffee in a strange house!
Most theatrical/TV prints run 73 minutes. Video release restores original running length of 79 minutes. See more
Siegfried's Funeral March
from "Der Götterdämmerung"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
Played during Morlant's funeral procession and thereafter See more