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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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Christy Cabanne

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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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They dared the curse of the ancients... to solve the most amazing mystery ever encountered by mortal man! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mano de la momia See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The large impressive tomb set was originally built for Universal's "Green Hell" and appeared again in other Universal features. See more »

Goofs

The film explains in some detail how the mummy Kharis is kept alive by administering a brew of Tana leaves each month on the full moon. The leaves are kept in a sacred box, containing at most a few hundred leaves. This simply would not be enough to have kept Kharis alive since antiquity, given that at least one leaf each month would be required for at least three thousand years. See more »

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Marta Solvani, Stage Name of Marta Sullivan: Where do they live?
The Great Solvani, Stage Name of Tim Sullivan: Where do they live? Where do they live? Where do they live? Go in the window...I don't know.
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The Mummy's Hand (1940) ***
16 February 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Not a sequel to Boris Karloff's THE MUMMY (1932), but the start of an entirely different series of unrelated films featuring a new mummified prince called Kharis. A group of amateur but likable treasure seekers search for the tomb of an ancient princess, but they encounter the still-living mummy instead, bent on destroying anyone who would dare defile the ancient Egyptian gods.

While not a great Universal horror movie by any means (one critique would be the re-usage of the same exact shot again and again of Kharis shambling about in the wilderness) this was the first and best of four Universal films featuring the mummy Kharis. At this stage of the game the formula was still fresh and not at all clichéd or monotonous, so that already places HAND at a distinct advantage over its other sequels and spin-off's. Tom Tyler makes one very creepy mummy, all arthritic and twisted, with weird eyes that are optically blackened out for full effect in chilling closeups (albeit the same repeated closeup). George Zucco takes top honors as the deliciously mad High Priest who keeps the mummy alive and killing via the sacred brew of nine ancient tana leaves. Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Cecil Kellaway and the perky Peggy Moran are all very pleasant as the awkward explorers who stumble upon Kharis' cursed tomb. Comic relief is well used throughout, but never becomes intrusive, as the action always remains dead serious whenever the mummy takes center stage.

*** out of ****


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