The Mummy (1932)
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The Mummy (1932)

  Golden Age of the Silver Screen Episode #2
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Universal Pictures released The Mummy to theaters on December 22, 1932 on a budget of $196,000. Karl Freund directed the horror classic which starred Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, and David Manners.

The Mummy Movie Summary

On an expedition to Egypt in 1921, archeologist Sir Joseph Whemple finds a 3700 year-old mummy named Imhotep. His colleague, Dr. Muller, examines the Egyptian priest, and discovers that the mummy’s viscera is still present. He concludes the mummy was alive when entombed!

The Scroll of Thoth, a parchment with an incantation capable of bringing the dead back to life, is found in a wooden box with Imhotep. Dr. Muller pleads with Whemple to burn the scroll before anyone dies from its curse. Unfortunately, Whemple ’s young and eager pupil, Ralph Norton, opens the scroll and begins to translate it; releasing the Mummy from death’s grip. Imhotep takes the scroll and leaves the tomb with it. Ralph goes made with laughter from the experience. His insanity will eventually drive him to kill himself.

Fast forward ten years. Imhotep now calls himself Ardath Bey, and he has fully assimilated into modern Cairo’s culture. He’s still seeks the modern reincarnation of Ankh-es-en-amon, the love of his life. The day Sir Joseph’s son, Frank, is scheduled to leave Cairo, Ardath pays him a visit. He tells Frank where to dig to find Ankh-es-en-amon’s tomb. They quickly dig up the gravesite, and they take the artifacts to the Cairo Museum.

Soon, Imhotep meets a young woman named Helen Grosvenor. She has a striking resemblance to Ankh-es-en-amon, and Imhotep realizes she is the reincarnation of his woman. He then sets out to kill her, mummify her, and resurrect her with the Scroll of Thoth so the two can be together forever.

When all looks lost for Helen, she suddenly remembers her 3700 year-old past life, and prays to Isis to save her. Isis hears her pleas, and sets the scroll on fire. With it’s destruction, Isis breaks Thoth’s spell, and Imhotep returns to the land of the dead.

Frank manages to weasel his way into Helen’s heart for a happy ending.

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  • Eddie

    Nice show. So What will be the first musical reviewed?

    • MHMChris

      Gold Diggers of 1933 in 2 months will be the first musical.