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Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918)

A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher's daughter.

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R.W. Phillips (as R.G. Phillips)
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A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher's daughter.

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USA

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June 1918 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Ebony Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Film was made by the 'Historical Feature Film Company [us]' which was a white-run company; but, distributed by the Ebony Film Company [us]' to make it appear that it was released by a black-controlled company. See more »

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She Was Only a Mad Scientist's Daughter
2 August 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Daddy may be mad, but he's not stupid and he wants his daughter to marry a man with some money. Daddy has also put an ad in the newspaper, to buy an Egyptian mummy for experiments, so his would-be son-in-law buys a sarcophagus and hires a guy to play the mummy.

It's a pretty good comedy from 1918, with a a pleasantly complicated story and an appeal to the public interest in Egypt that would peak the following decade with the opening of King Tut's tomb. This film from the Ebony Film company, like the others, starred Black actors and was primarily tended for the all-Black movie houses of the era. The surviving print isn't in very good shape, but it's more than worth your time to look at.


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