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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 June 1955 (USA)
Two bumbling Americans stumble on the discovery of a lifetime when their search for a mummy leads them to a sacred medallion that holds the key to buried treasure.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Lee Loeb (story), John Grant (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Pete Patterson
Lou Costello ... Freddie Franklin
Marie Windsor ... Madame Rontru
Michael Ansara ... Charlie
Dan Seymour ... Josef
Richard Deacon ... Semu
Kurt Katch ... Dr. Zoomer
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Hetsut
Mel Welles ... Iben
George Khoury George Khoury ... Habid
Eddie Parker ... Klaris (as Edwin Parker)
Mazzone-Abbott Dancers Mazzone-Abbott Dancers ... Dance Troupe (as The Mazzone-Abbott Dancers)
Chandra Kaly and His Dancers Chandra Kaly and His Dancers ... Dance Troupe
Peggy King ... Vocalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Native (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In Egypt Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered before they can return to America. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It has been said that a man's best friend is his mummy... See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In "Back to the Future Part III (1990)," this film, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1953)" and "Francis in the Navy (1955)" are playing at the Pohatchee Drive-In Theater in Hill Valley on November 16, 1955. See more »

Goofs

While the boys are digging the hole, and after Lou has disappeared; Abbott sits down in the same place. Abbott is tipped backward, head first through the wall; but when he falls into the room below though a small hole in the ceiling; he comes through feet first. See more »

Quotes

Bud Abbott aka Peter Patterson: Where will we find the Mummy?
Lou Costello aka Freddie Franklin: Don't worry. the Mummy will find you!
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Crazy Credits

In the final credits, the boys are listed with fake character names. Throughout the movie, they use their real names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Everybody Loves Raymond: Grandpa Steals (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Written by Bob Russell and John Benson Brooks
Sung by Peggy King
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A good time for their last major movie together
30 July 2003 | by solongsuckersSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy is less of a movie then an episode of the Abbott and Costello show. Marjorie Windsor is a terrifically determined villainess and she helps to give the movie some drama and dark charisma but the movie is too unstructured otherwise. It's more on a final, undisciplined romp for Abbott and Costello. Even though their chemistry is long since gone, they are still brilliant comedians and they fake their way through the movie with a plethora of stand up bits. The good, clean comedy is a nice breath of fresh air. The opening slapstick gets the movie off on a good foot and the stage act (three women and one man) that performs is INCREDIBLE. The cult of Klaris is a major bore, ranging from the incredibly non-Egyptian "Egyptian" Richard Deacon to the cult, itself, that features a man who is clearly either Tibetan or Chinese. The routine that Costello does with the lady is hilarious and high spirted and the bit with the amulet is well timed. The plot point of Costello eating the amulet (in pieces) and then it appearing intact in his stomach is meaningless here as the whole movie is not for purists. The mummy is a major disappointment as the "bandages" look like a pajama outfit with a bandage pattern. Abbott gets into mummy's "wraps" for pretty much no reason other then to have three mummy's running around at one point. As if sensing that this is their last big blowout together, Costello is very natural with his criticisms of Abbott and Abbott seems almost too real with his abuse of Costello. Whatever dysfunction they had in their later years, they do their best here to slug it out. Costello acts like a man ready to jump off ship and he seems to be lightening his load for his journey. He gives a very light and a very funny performance. Abbott is sharper then he has been in years. Abbott was so sharp in his younger days that he looks bad in comparison here but his worst is still better then most people's best. The plot is pretty much garbage and unenthralling and the mummy is completely impotent but the performances of Abbott and Costello and Marie Windsor help move the show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$738,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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