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The Mummy's Hand (1940)

An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... Steve Banning
Peggy Moran ... Marta Solvani
Wallace Ford ... Babe Jenson
Eduardo Ciannelli ... The High Priest (as Eduardo Cianelli)
George Zucco ... Andoheb
Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Solvani (as Cecil Kelloway)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Petrie
Tom Tyler ... The Mummy
Sig Arno ... The Beggar (as Siegfried Arno)
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Egyptian
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Bartender
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Bazaar Owner
Mara Tartar Mara Tartar ... Girl
Leon Belasco ... Ali
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Storyline

A couple of comical, out-of-work archaeologists (Dick Foran and Wallace Ford) in Egypt discover evidence of the burial place of the ancient Egyptian princess Ananka. After receiving funding from an eccentric magician (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran), they set out into the desert only to be terrorized by a sinister high priest (George Zucco) and the living mummy Kharis (Tom Tyler) who are the guardians of Ananka^Òs tomb. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The tomb of a thousand terrors! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mummy's Hand See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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To make the mummy appear more frightening, Tom Tyler's eyes (and the inside of his mouth) were blacked out frame-by-frame in almost all close-ups. See more »

Goofs

Two of the actors have their names misspelled in the credits. Cecil Kellaway is spelled Kelloway and Eduardo Ciannelli is spelled Cianelli. See more »

Quotes

Steve Banning: [hearing a howling by the Hill of the Seven Jackals ] What's that?
Babe Jenson: Oh, a jackass.
Steve Banning: You wouldn't mean a jackal, would you?
Babe Jenson: What's the difference? They're first cousins.
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The Mummy's Hand (1940) ***
5 August 2005 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

One of the best Universal horror films of the 40s and a worthy follow-up to the 1932 original, even if it wasn't directly related to it and actually spun a series of its own. While in essence no more than a B-film, it's solidly made on all fronts: the plot, unlike that of its sequels, is fresh and exciting and it boasts four likable protagonists, as well as a wonderful trio of 'villains' - Eduardo Ciannelli (appearing briefly as the dying High Priest), George Zucco (as his evil successor, in one of his finest performances) and Tom Tyler (as the maimed but relentless revenge-seeking Mummy, who's as good in the role as Boris Karloff had been earlier and Christopher Lee would be in the 1959 Hammer remake, of this one more than the original). The film's first half features a healthy dose of comic relief which I found in no way distracting, as it had proved to be in other horror films of the period; in fact, this element only helps accentuate the effectiveness of the latter sections of the film which offer more standard thrills, culminating in a superb climax - where Kharis has to literally crawl for his life-preserving tana fluid!


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