Starring Terence Morgan
Annette DuBois: Jeanne Roland
Hashmi Bey: George Pastell
Jack Gwillim, John Paul, Dickie Owen
Produced and Directed: Michael Carreras
Associate Producer: Bill Hill
Screenplay: Henry Younger
Make-up: Roy Ashton.
"Egypt in the year 1900." Archaeologists Annette Dubois
and John Gray await Annette's father, Professor DuBois, who has
been killed and his hand severed. "The only [woman] my father
would like would be mummified." His body is dumped, and
Egyptian Hashmi forecasts doom. Their lack of vision will result
in a curse of the tomb.
Crass bald American financial backer Alexander
King, who invents Turkish Delight and calls people "baby"
(in 1900?), will exploit the discovery of the tomb of Ra, the
mummy, and the curse legend in a road show. Professor Giles resigns.
A break-in results in a dead man and a missing list of the contents
of the treasures of Ra.
Aboard ship, John acts like a mummy as a light
joke in front of Annette. A washed-up Giles is attacked, but
John knocks the assailant overboard. A Mr. Adam Beecham invites
John and Annette to stay with him at Regents Park. Annette blabs
the history: Ramses had twin sons, the intellectual Ra and the
sensualist Be. The latter conspired against Ra and had him banished
in the Sahara, where he became king of another tribe of nomads.
He earned the sacred medallion with the words of life, which
could revive the dead. Assassins from Be kill Ra and sever his
hand, but leave the medallion. A cat statue oversees this. The
medallion is lost now apparently.
The tomb is opened in preparation for the showings.
John says, "I shall soon be as moribund as the mummy,"
in the context of a discussion of marriage. Daddy had given Annette
a medallion, and it is stolen from John. Hashmi appeals to King
to stop the exhibitionism, but King refuses. A press conference
includes a slide show, dramatic narration about dust cloying in
nostrils, playing up of the curse, and an opening of the tomb.
But the mummy is gone.
King tells the police, "Of course I've
got enemies; I'm in show business." When another character
asks if he needs help: "Yeah if you want to wrap yourself
up in some dirty bandages." John warns King of the legend
about reviving the dead. King leaves for the night, gives a whore
some money, and is killed by the mummy.
Giles is drunk and the mummy kills him too,
despite gunshots. John and Hashmi talk and decide to work together,
while Annette is sweet-talked by Adam. The mummy swipes Adam
and comes up the stairs for Annette. Adam speaks to the mummy,
but is not obeyed. The police arrive too late.
John and Hashim plot to be attacked, resulting
in the netting of the mummy. But when Hashmi orates a curse upon
himself, the mummy rips the ropes, crushes Hashmi's head underfoot,
and leaves. We all wonder why the mummy attacked Adam.
Adam blabs to Annette about everlasting life
being a curse. With her supposedly unwilling help in repeating
phrases, he raises the mummy. Somehow, he and Annette "will
be together" if the mummy kills her. Adam, it turns out,
is Be, and must be killed by his brother Ra if he hopes to escape
his grim view of the last three thousand years on earth. He kidnaps
Annette and runs to the sewers, having his hand severed in a doorway.
"Life without end is the only pain I cannot bear."
He tells her, "Don't be afraid of death," and commands
the mummy to "Kill her! Kill her!" When Adam/Be himself
tries to, Ra drowns his brother. The mummy turns to go, and with
a last look back, allows a cave-in to engulf him. The last vision
is of his bandaged finger.
The brandy-swilling in this film is astounding. Otherwise, it's
interesting only that "Adam" is "Cain" and
that even though behind this film is an awareness of various subtler
themes (such as the real curse being eternal life, from Doyle's
"The Ring of Thoth"), the film still fails to find a
way to integrate them coherently or effectively.