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The Mummy (1932)
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The Mummy (1932) During a British Museum-sponsored archaeological expedition to Egypt led by Sir Joseph Whemple, the recently discovered mummy of a high priest, Im-ho-tep, comes to life and walks away into the desert night. Ten years later a new expedition led by Sir Joseph's son, Frank Whemple, find the tomb of Princess Anck-es-en-Amon, Im-ho-tep's long lost love. In order to revive her completely, Im-ho-tep requires Helen Grosvenor to die so he can revive her and make her a living mummy like himself.

Movie Tagline:
It comes to life!

Title: Mummy, The
Release Date: December 22, 1932
Runtime: 73 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Languages: English, Arabic, French
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Karl Freund

Boris Karloff ...Imhotep
Zita Johann ...Helen Grosvenor
David Manners ...Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron ...Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan ...Doctor Muller
Bramwell Fletcher ...Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson ...The Nubian
Kathryn Byron ...Frau Muller
Leonard Mudie ...Professor Pearson
James Crane ...The Pharaoh
Henry Victor ...The Saxon Warrior (scenes deleted)
Leyland Hodgson ...Gentleman #2
Eddie Kane ...First Doctor
Tony Marlow ...Police Inspector
C. Montague Shaw ...Gentleman #1
Pat Somerset ...Helen's Dancing Partner
Arthur Tovey ...Nubian

Carl Laemmle Jr.
Stanley Bergerman

Nina Wilcox Putnam
Richard Schayer
John L. Balderston

James Dietrich

The Mummy Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Swan Lake, Op.20"
"Beautiful Love"

More Movie Taglines:
  • It comes to life!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Frank Whemple: Stuck in the desert for two months, and was it hot! That tomb... Helen Grosvenor/The Princess: What tomb? Frank Whemple: Surely you read about the princess? Helen Grosvenor/The Princess: So you did that. Frank Whemple: Yes. The fourteen steps down and the unbroken seals were thrilling. But when we came to handle all her clothes and her jewels and her toilet things - you know they buried everything with them that they used in life? - well, when we came to unwrap the girl herself... Helen Grosvenor/The Princess: How could you do that? Frank Whemple: Had to! Science, you know. Well after we'd worked among her things, I felt as if I'd known her. But when we got the wrappings off, and I saw her face... you'll think me silly, but I sort of fell in love with her. Helen Grosvenor/The Princess: Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?
  • Frank Whemple: Oh, I know it seems absurd when we've known each other such a short time. But I'm serious. Helen Grosvenor/The Princess: Don't you think I've had enough excitement for one evening, without the additional thrill of a strange man making love to me?
  • Doctor Muller: Look - the sacred spells which protect the soul in its journey to the underworld have been chipped off the coffin. So Imhotep was sentenced to death not only in this world, but in the next. Assistant: Maybe he got too gay with the vestal virgins in the temple. Doctor Muller: Possibly.
  • Doctor Muller: Put it back. Bury it where you found it. You have read the curse. You dare defy it? Sir Joseph Whemple: In the interest of science, even if I believed in the curse, I'd go on with my work for the museum. Come back with me, and we'll examine this great find together. Doctor Muller: I cannot condone an act of sacrilege with my presence.
  • Sir Joseph Whemple: [translating inscription on box] "Death... eternal punishment... for... anyone... who... opens... this... casket. In the name... of Amon-Ra... the king of the gods." Good heavens, what a terrible curse! Ralph Norton: [eagerly] Well, let's see what's inside!
Movie Trivia:
  • Henry Victor appears in the credits of the film as "Saxon Warrior," yet he never actually appears in the movie. The Saxon Warrior was part of a long flashback sequence showing all the heroine's past lives from ancient Egypt to the present. The sequence was cut from the final film.
  • 'Ardath Bey' (the name Imhotep assumes after his exhumation) is an anagram of 'Death by Ra' (Ra is the Egyptian sun-god).
  • Boris Karloff mummy makeup is based on the appearance of Ramses III; makeup artist Jack P. Pierce spent eight hours applying Karloff's makeup.
  • The ring Boris Karloff uses has been in the possession of Forrest J Ackerman for many decades (he wears it).
  • A lengthy and complicated re-incarnation scene, so important to the plot, never made it into the film because such scenes were banned from the screen by the Hays Office. This upset many people, including the film's leading actress, Zita Johann, who was a firm believer in re-incarnation.
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