THE MUMMY’S GHOST (1944)
Article #1213 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-10-2004
Posting Date: 12-7-2004
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Featuring John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Lon Chaney Jr.
An Egyptian high priest is sent to New England to recover the bodies of Kharis and Princess Ananka.
It looks like a little more effort was taken on this one than its sequel, THE MUMMY’S CURSE, and John Carradine is certainly more fun in his role than Peter Coe was in his. Still, as a whole, this one is rather ordinary, lacking even the resurrection scene of the sequel to spice it up. It has some nice touches of humor here and there, especially in the character of the museum watchman (keep your ears open for a reference to THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET), but I found the touch of the white streakings of Amina Mansouri’s hair to be more than a little silly. Perhaps the oddest touch in this one, though, is the somewhat downbeat ending; this sort of thing rarely happens with romantic leads in a movie.
And one minor point; if you’re going to set a trap involving a ten foot deep pit, shouldn’t someone during the course of the movie fall into it? I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop on this point…