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The Ghoul (1933)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 25 November 1933 (USA)
An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

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Complete credited cast:
... Prof. Henry Morlant
... Broughton
... Laing
Dorothy Hyson ... Betty Harlon
... Ralph Morlant
... Kaney
Harold Huth ... Aga Ben Dragore
D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Mahmoud
... Nigel Hartley
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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. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first British film to be labeled "horrific". See more »

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Ralph backs up against a wall twice when Dragore comes in and draws a gun on him and Betty. See more »

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Aga Ben Dragore: Now I will show you how we make coffee in the desert... by the native stars.
Kaney: You don't make it yourself, do you?
Aga Ben Dragore: No, of course not! A Circassian slave, lovely and thin, cooks it for us, kneeling. And if it is not to our liking...
Kaney: I know! She is stripped to the waist and lashed for miles across the Sahara.
Aga Ben Dragore: Where she is finally eaten by locusts. And rightly. Now; take this canister and do exactly as I tell you.
Kaney: And if I fail?
Aga Ben Dragore: The Yorkshire moors are just behind us!
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mummies (1996) See more »

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Prelude for Strings
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Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
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Pretty good old horror film
9 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Boris Karloff plays a crazy old guy who worships the Egyptian god, Anubis. On his death bed, he swears that if anyone should steal a sacred jewel from his Anubis statue he will return from the dead to exact revenge. Not surprisingly, several very greedy people come along and try stealing the jewel--only to incur the wrath of the zombie Karloff. Despite the whole Egyptian aspect of the film, though, he was not a mummy nor was this just a rehash of THE MUMMY (also from 1933). Overall, it's a rather standard but well-produced zombie murdering the idiots film--not great, but certainly worth seeing.

By the way, in a funny inside joke, there is a parody of the "desert savage" style of film. THE SHEIK, THE SON OF THE SKEIK and THE BARBARIAN were among several films like this and in THE GHOUL, there is a supposed sheik and a lady who is infatuated with this clichéd image of a macho and sexist Middle Eastern lover.


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