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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 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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An Ancient Curse Is About To Be Unleashed. See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For many years this was regarded as a "lost film", with no prints or elements known to exist. A nitrate release print was discovered in the Czech National Archives in Prague. This print was a subtitled edited version that was in poor condition and contained numerous splices. Several years later, a print of the uncut British version was finally discovered. 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 ...
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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

Edited into Pale Moonlight Theater: The Ghoul (2014) 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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Great Mummy Film
28 September 2004 | by wdbasingerSee all my reviews

After Boris Karloff starred in The Mummy, he went back to England to film this eerie followup. In this film, he looks like a combination Frankenstein monster and the mummy I'm-Ho-Tep - and as grotesque as possible.

The tomb-robbing Ernest Thesiger gets the action going. Karloff stalking through the moldy mansion is as eerie as you can imagine. The end in which Karloff goes back to his tomb has some scenes that are the most hair-raising as you can imagine.

NOTE: Avoid copies that are incomplete or cut. The version that I have is 76 minutes long and some of the others seem to be abridged.

Watch it with your B-movie buddies.


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