MUMMY’S BOYS (1936)
Article #531 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 8-29-2002
Posting date: 1-21-2003
Two ne’er-do-wells are employed on an expedition to Egypt to return treasure to a tomb in order to fend off an ancient curse.
You know, it’s movies like this that give me the most trouble in this series; it’s so thoroughly and uneventfully commonplace that I find it hard to say anything about it. It’s the first movie I’ve seen featuring Wheeler and Woolsey, and though I don’t find them bad, I don’t find them all that memorable, either. Willie Best is on hand, but he isn’t really given much to do either. One of the running jokes in the movie involves one of the characters forgetting things almost as soon as he’s told them, and then having to take a nap in order to remember what he’s forgotten. Considering the speed with which this movie is already dissipating from my consciousness, I find it somewhat apt that the concepts of forgetfulness and sleep play such a prominent role in the proceedings.
This movie made me miss ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY; at least that one worked itself up to giving us a real mummy in the bargain.