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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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Country:

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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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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Featured in American Experience: Midnight Ramble (1994) See more »

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Impossible to rate due to the severe decomposition.
3 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's a real shame that this short comedy is so very badly degraded, but apparently there is no better quality print known to exist. This is a comedy starring black actors but for a company owned by whites. It was recently shown on Turner Classic Movies along with "Two Knights of Vaudeville"...also by the same company.

Bill wants to marry Lulu, but Lulu's father wants Bill to prove he can afford her. So Bill hits on a scheme when he's reading the newspaper. It seems that some professor is advertising that he'll pay $1000 for a genuine mummy...and Bill is determined to fake his own genuine mummy and sell it to the guy! Unfortunately, while this is a pretty funny idea, determining exactly what happens next is very difficult, if not impossible, due to the decomposed Nitrate print.

Overall, it's probably not worth your time...and it's a shame as the film does appear pretty funny and well made...especially when compared to the limp "Two Knights of Vaudeville".


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