We Want Our Mummy is a 1938 (released 1939) American comedy horror short film starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges.
Two museum curators (Bud Jamison, James C. Morton) hire the Stooges (as private detectives) to locate Professor Tuttle of Egyptology, who went missing while attempting to find the mummy of Egyptian King Rootin’Tootin’ in Cairo. The Stooges check the basement and help a man take a box onto a truck, not aware that Tuttle is bound and gagged inside. They are then told by the Curators to find the Tomb and bring back the Mummy, for which they will be paid $5000. They hail a Bronx taxicab in New York City, and inform the bewildered driver they are bound for Egypt.
Once in Egypt the boys, under the duress of a mirage, believe an empty patch of sand is a lake of cool water and dive in, inadvertantly diving right into a series of underground tunnels that may lead to the tomb of Rootin’Tootin. They begin to investigate, but end up separated and Curly runs afoul with a living mummy. He takes off running, and he and his pals reunite.
Upon their arrival, the Stooges learn that Tuttle is being held hostage by a group of thieves. While the Stooges wander around in the underground tunnels, the thieves have the professor bound and gagged. Curly finds what the Stooges believe to be the mummy of Rootin’Tootin’ in a secret room, activated by a trap door. When Curly tries to pick it up he clumsily drops it, crumbling it to dust.
Then they hear the boss of the gang (Dick Curtis) threatening the professor to get him to tell where the mummy is. The frightened professor tells them, and is told if the Mummy is not there he and the Stooges will be killed. The Stooges realise they will get killed if the crooks discover the crushed mummy, so Moe gets the idea to make a mummy out of Curly…
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