- Actors: Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, George Zucco, Wallace Ford
- Directors: Harold Young
- Writers: Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher, Neil P. Varnick
- Producers: Ben Pivar
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Universal
- VHS Release Date: 4 May 2001
- Run Time: 58 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- ASIN: B00005BGEE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Mummy's Tomb [VHS]
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Sequel to 'The Mummy's Hand' (1940). Thirty years after the tomb of Princess Ananka was desecrated by Stephen Banning's (Dick Foran) expedition, high priest Andoheb (George Zucco) and the mummified Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr) travel to America to wreak revenge on Banning and his former partner Babe Hanson (Wallace Ford). Followed by 'The Mummy's Ghost' (1944).
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Lon Chaney makes his debut as Prince Kharis, the living mummy who throttles anyone unfortunate enough to get within his grasp. Particularly enjoyable was the scene where Chaney chases down Wallace Ford's character in an alley & chokes him to death. Sweet retribution for Ford being such an annoyance in "Mummy's Hand".
Also loved that look on Lon's face when he first sees Wallace walking down the street. Even with one eye, you can see & feel the hatred coming out of Kharis. And Turhan Bey makes for an excellent high priest.
I know it's not popular, but "Mummy's Tomb" rates to me as the finest of Universal's 1940s mummy pictures. 4 stars
Steven Banning talks about his experiences for the search for Ananaka's tomb. They recycle previous scenes from "The Mummy's Hand" (as per OPA requirements). They could not bring back the mummy. We learn that Andoheb and Klaris survived, and plan to eliminate the entire Banning family (as with some Old World feud). The local cemetery has a new caretaker. "Have it your own way." Klaris is given a new assignment at night. Dogs bark at his approach. Steven is attacked. "He's dead." They analyze that gray dirt. Babe Hanson is sent for; he knows what that gray dust means. Klaris strikes again. These mysterious murders attract newspaper reporters to this New England town.
Hanson tells Dr. Banning to leave immediately. They don't believe him. He talks to reporters. Klaris walks the streets at night and finds Hanson. Will John Banning be called away on duty? Will his fiancé be abducted to provide a bride for Klaris' keeper? The men gather together to hunt for the monster. One man tells about the new caretaker. They leave with torches (like in other monster movies). Can Isabelle be saved? [No one checks the back door.] A gunshot saves Dr. Banning. Burning torches are thrown into the Banning home. John and Isabelle escape. The monster is surrounded by flames. There is a happy ending.
The assumptions in this movie tell about the times. The quality is lower than with "Hand". There will be sequels to this story. A monster never dies as long as people will pay to view a movie about it. Think of "Dracula", "Frankenstein", "Jaws", "Scream", etc.
This film is number two of four Mummy films, three done by the late Lon Chaney, Jr. as the silent but very strong Mummy, a guy kept alive by his priests for many generations, 3000 years to be exact, only to have his priests really screw it up in the mid 20th century.
It's the usual tale of men of science delving into things "Man was not meant to know" type of thing. It's also about men who have power over an unstoppable force and use that force for their own ends.
Sounds pretty noble, but this film is a bit on the creaky and corny side and very stereotyped. It's also pretty fun to watch.
The old prof from the previous film tells his tale of death and supernatural nonsense. Then later that day he dies at the hands of the Mummy. The curse is on! Much flashback from the earlier film, The Mummy's Hand, is evident!
One of his former assistants comes to town and someone randomly mentions that there were gray dusty finger marks on old Banning's throat. He yells it's the Mummy! No one believes him.
Where do you go when no one believes you? You go to a bar where a bunch of reporters are hanging out covering the mysterious murder story of course! He blabs to a guy from the New York Sun or some such and the reporter exclaims (not "are you crazy bud") "Wow what a story!" OK, fine.
Our attention turns to Bey, the young protégé of the priest who miraculously survived getting shot several times in the previous movie. Long story. Bey swears he will not be swayed, but one look at Banning's son's fiancé Isobel, well, he wants her for himself. The various images of Isobel in the mind of Bey as she laughs and smiles is really funny stuff.
The end comes, rice is thrown, a marriage results but it's not Bey. You'll have to see the movie to find out what's what.
Bottom Line: It's a sequel to the previous Mummy film and there are plenty of flashbacks and stock footage of camel rides to remind us of the fact. You might just pick up the VHS copies of these three Chaney Mummy films and find out what Universal has done to the Mummy!
This film and the four Mummy films were not sequels to Boris Karloff's film but was clearly an inspiration.
For your Mummy fix, see these corny classics all in ONE DVD collection:
The Mummy - The Legacy Collection (The Mummy/Mummy's Hand/Mummy's Tomb/Mummy's Ghost/Mummy's Curse)T
Rating: 2-1/2 out of 5
Grade: C 78%