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The Mummy

The Mummy

Director: Karl W. Freund Cast: Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Zita Johann
Zita Johann
, David Manners
David Manners
Karl W. Freund
The Mummy

The Mummy

Director: Karl W. Freund Cast: Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Zita Johann
Zita Johann
, David Manners
David Manners
Karl W. Freund


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The Mummy represented Boris Karloff's second horror starring role after his "overnight" success in Frankenstein. Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of the British field exposition that disturbed his tomb (shades of the King Tut curse). While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes as the latest incarnation of a priestess who died nearly 40 centures earlier. Spiriting Zita away to the tomb, he relates the story of how he had dared to enter her ancestor's sacred burial crypt, hoping to restore her to life. Caught in the act, he was embalmed alive and his tongue was cut out for his act of sacrilege. Now that he has returned, he intends to slay Zita, so that they will be reunited for all time in the Hereafter. Despite its melodramatic trappings, The Mummy is essentially a love story, poetically related by ace cinematographer and first-time director Karl Freund. Jack Pierce's justly celebrated makeup skills offers us two Karloffs: the wizened Egyptologist and the flaking, rotting mummy, who though only seen for a few seconds remains in the memory long after the film's final image has faded. Best line: "It went for a little walk." The Mummy was followed by four stock footage-laden sequels, none of which approached the power and poignancy of the original.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2013
UPC: 0025192178801
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 25,320

Special Features

Mummy dearest: a horror tradition unearthed; He who made monsters: the life and art of Jack Pierce; Unraveling the legacy of The Mummy; The Mummy archives; Feature commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong; Feature commentary by film historian Paul M. Jensen; 100 years of Universal: the Carl Laemmle era; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Im-Ho-Tep/Ardeth Bey
Zita Johann Helen Grosvenor / Princess Anck-es-en-Amon
David Manners Frank Whemple
Edward Van Sloan Professor Muller
Arthur Byron Sir Joseph Whemple
Bramwell Fletcher Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson The Nubian
Katherine Byron Frau Muller
Eddie Kane Doctor
Tony Marlow Inspector
James Crane Pharaoh
Henry Victor Warrior
Arnold Gray Knight
Leonard Mudie Professor Pearson

Technical Credits
Karl W. Freund Director
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
Miton Carruth Editor
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Carl Laemmle Producer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Willy Pogany Art Director
Nina Wilcox Putnam Original Story
Richard Schayer Original Story
Charles Stumar Cinematographer

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