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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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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

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June 1918 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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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why everyone should watch this film
27 July 2018 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

The print of this film is in no worse shape han that many many films of this period and the comedy is quite as well done as the majority of them too. It is certainly worth anybody's while to watch it- I would say it was virtually compulsory - to see that a black director, a black cinematographer and black actors - never mind whether the holding company was run by whites; it also had a black manager - were able to produce just as good a film as most of their white counterparts. The timing is not "actually very good"; it is just very good and it is very good because there were plenty of black actors who were excellent comedians with considerable experience of working in vaudeville.

Then ask yourself why there were not many more films made by black directors or with black cinematographers and black actors and black performers.

Those who have the copy of the film should also make sure it is as widely available as possible for everyone to view. The copy at present on youtube lacks both the beginning and the end of the story. Not only should this film be in the public domain but it is very important that it should be watched.

The other Ebony films available are Spying the Spy and The Reckless Rover and also the earlier Two Knight of Vaudeville made by the original Historical Feature Film Company. Make a date to watch them all.


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