The Mummy’s Ghost – USA, 1943 – overview and reviews

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‘Nameless! Fleshless! Deathless!’

The Mummy’s Ghost is the 1943 American supernatural horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg (The Black Sleep; Voodoo Island; Diary of a Madman) from a screenplay by Griffin Jay and Henry Sucher.

Cast:

Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames and Barton MacLane.

A sequel to The Mummy’s Tomb, the Universal Pictures production began filming in August 23 till September 1 1943 but the movie wasn’t released until July 7, 1944.

Acquanetta (Captive Wild WomanJungle Woman) was originally cast as Amina Mansori, but on the first day of shooting, while enacting a fainting scene, she fell on a rock. She was taken to hospital and treated for her concussion. But Universal, not wanting to hold up on production, replaced her with actress Ramsay Ames.

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Plot:

Andoheb, the aging High Priest of Arkam (Karnak in the previous films), has summoned Yousef Bey to the Temple of Arkam to pass on the duties of High Priest. Beforehand, Andoheb explains the legend of Kharis to Bey.

Meanwhile in Mapleton, Massachusetts, Professor Matthew Norman, who had examined one of Kharis’ missing bandage pieces during the Mummy’s last spree through Mapleton, also explains the legends of the Priests of Arkam and Kharis to his History class who are less than believing. After the lecture ends, one of the students, Tom Hervey, meets up with his girlfriend Amina Mansori, a beautiful woman of Egyptian descent. However, a strange, clouded feeling in her mind occurs when ever the subject of Egypt is mentioned…

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Reviews:

The Mummy’s Ghost isn’t up to the standard of its predecessor: there’s not enough mummy action, and a bit too much aimless running around; not good, in a film barely sixty minutes long. The screenplay is also guilty of constantly tweaking what the previous two films taught us were “the rules” of this franchise.” And You Call Yourself a Scientist

The Mummy’s Ghost disarms any attempt at such an enterprise with a kind of confrontational candor. “Yeah, I’m stupid,” it says, “You got a problem with that?!” Its familiarity does breed just a wee bit of contempt, but it also has its moments of lowbrow fun. And hey, at 61 minutes, what do you really have to lose?” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

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The mummy has always been the least impressive of movie monsters and he is doing nothing to enhance his reputation in his latest incarnation in The Mummy’s Ghost. He is just repulsive without being picturesque or even particularly frightening.” The New York World-Telegram, 1944

The Mummy’s Ghost is easily the director’s best horror film, possibly his best film, period. Le Borg took credit for the unusual downbeat finale, although he admitted without any prompting that he was inspired by the climax of Frank Capra’s 1937 romantic-fantasy classic Lost Horizon.” Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films, 1931-1946

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“This was one of the better entries in Universal’s so-so ‘Kharis’ series of the ’40s, although viewers who catch it without benefit of having seen it’s predecessors … would have to be forgiven for finding it nearly incomprehensible.” Tom Weaver, John Carradine: The Films

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Cast and Characters:

Lon Chaney, Jr. as Kharis, The Mummy
John Carradine as Yousef Bey
Robert Lowery as Tom Hervey
Ramsay Ames as Amina Mansori / Ananka
Barton MacLane as Inspector Walgreen
George Zucco as Andoheb, The High Priest
Frank Reicher as Professor Norman
Harry Shannon as Sheriff Elwood
Emmett Vogan as Coroner
Lester Sharp as Dr. Ayad
Claire Whitney as Mrs. Norman
Oscar O’Shea as Scripps Museum Guard

Trailer:

Wikipedia | IMDb | Related: The Shuffling Saga of the Mummy on Screen – article by Daz Lawrence

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