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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.

Director:

T. Hayes Hunter

Writers:

Rupert Downing (adaptation), Leonard Hines (play) (as Leonard J. Hines) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Prof. Henry Morlant
Cedric Hardwicke ... Broughton
Ernest Thesiger ... Laing
Dorothy Hyson ... Betty Harlon
Anthony Bushell ... Ralph Morlant
Kathleen Harrison ... Kaney
Harold Huth Harold Huth ... Aga Ben Dragore
D.A. Clarke-Smith D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Mahmoud
Ralph Richardson ... Nigel Hartley
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Storyline

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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Trivia

In the 1960s, Producer Alex Gordon approached Boris Karloff about remaking this movie, figuring that, by then, Karloff was in his seventies, and could play the part without the heavy age make-up he'd used in 1933, but the projected remake fell through. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nigel Hartley: I happened to be staying in the neighborhood, and hearing of your master's illness I took the liberty of calling. How is he tonight?
Laing: He'll never see the morning.
Nigel Hartley: He has not asked for anyone of my cloth?
Laing: Nor will he. He's set in his ways, and they are the ways of the heathen.
Nigel Hartley: I know he won't see the rector, but though I'm a comparative stranger, I don't like to leave a man to die like that.
Laing: He'll die in his own fashion as he has lived.
Nigel Hartley: Still, sometimes at the end...
Laing: Not him! He's stubborn and unbending...
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Alternate Versions

Most theatrical/TV prints run 73 minutes. Video release restores original running length of 79 minutes. See more »

Connections

References The Sheik (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Dramatic Misterioso No.2
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
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Pretty good old horror film
9 October 2007 | by MartinHaferSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bes: Kletba fantomú See more »

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Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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