Starring – Boris Karloff (Ardath Bey/Im-ho-tep), Zita Johann (Helen Grosvenor), David Manners (Frank Whemple), Arthur Byron (Sir Joseph Whemple), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Muller).
Released – December, 1932
Directed By – Karl Freund
Produced By – Universal Pictures
Distributed By – Universal Pictures
Description – An archaeological expedition finds the tomb of Egyptian priest Im-ho-tep. When one of the archaeologists reads an ancient life-giving spell it brings the mummy of Im-ho-tep back to life.
The mummy escapes with the Scroll of Thoth, reputed to bring the dead back to life, and sets out to find the reincarnation of his ancient lover Princess Ankh-es-en-amon.
Ten years now pass and Im-ho-tep, now known as the mysterious Egyptian Ardath Bey, armed with the Scroll of Thoth, joins another expedition to find the tomb of the princess. In order to bring her back to life he must first take the life of Helen Grosvenor who he believes to be the reincarnated Princess.
NOTABLE: The Mummy was inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.
Actress Zita Johann actually was a believer of reincarnation.
It took makeup artist Jack Pierce eight hours to apply the necessary makeup to Boris Karloff.
The poster for The Mummy holds the record for the most money ever paid for a movie poster at auction, going for more than $453,000, and is #15 on Premiere’s “25 Best Movie Posters Ever.”
Personal Comment: A horror classic that ranks right up there with Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man in the genre’s history. Great dialogue, direction, atmosphere, and a first-rate performance by Boris Karloff.