The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

Article #585 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-21-2002
Posting date: 3-16-2003

Kharis is transported out of Egypt to wreak vengeance on the defilers of Ananka’s tomb.

The final ten minutes of this movie isn’t too bad, even if it is all too similar to one of an earlier Universal classic (substitute a mansion for a mill) and uses crowd footage from some of those earlier classics. It’s the first fifty minutes of this one that was hard for me to get through; despite a fairly decent size cast, there is hardly a single interesting character in the lot, and the dialogue they are given is utterly forgettable. The character I was most interested in (George Zucco’s ancient priest) is dead fairly early on. It’s impossible to gauge Lon Chaney Jr.’s performance in this one; the mummy is such a characterless threat, and little is done to make him anything more than that here. At any rate, it makes me appreciate how lively THE MUMMY’S HAND was in comparison.

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