Magic Mummy (1933)
Article 6022 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Foster and Vernon Stallings
Featuring the voice of Margie Hines
What it is: Van Beuren cartoon
Two cops investigate the theft of a mummy from the museum.
Despite the fact that this cartoon is consigned to the “various” section of the dvd set upon which I found this one, the two cops look and act an awful lot like regular Van Beuren characters Tom and Jerry (not the MGM cat and mouse) who have their own section. It’s a bit of a shame that it’s not included there; it’s easily the best of the T&J cartoons I’ve seen. Granted, part of it is that it has lots of fantastic content; most of the action takes place underground in a cemetery, the main villain is reminiscent of the phantom of the opera, and there’s a whole audience full of skeletons. And, of course, there’s a mummy as well; she looks a bit like Zita Johann and sings like Betty Boop. This one is fun and would make for good Halloween viewing.