Notes: Universal. 61 minutes.
Kharis, The Mummy: Lon Chaney, Jr.
Yousef Bey: John Carradine
Amina Mansori: Ramsay Ames
Inspector Walgreen: Barton MacLane
Andoheb: George Zucco
Tom Hervey: Robert Lowery
Professor Norman: Frank Reicher
Screenplay: Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher, Brenda Weisberg
Story: Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher
Associate Producer: Ben Pivar
Directed: Reginald LeBorg.
Summary: Scenes of the Sphinx and Luxor are followed by a clip of the young George Zucco ascending the temple steps (from The Mummy's Hand). This is supposed to be Yousef Bey (John Carradine), though, who listens to the story we have heard repeatedly about Kharis and Princess Ananka, now called a priestess initiate of Arkhan ("They dared to love each other"), from old and palsied Andoheb (George Zucco, alive yet again). At least we don't have to watch the recycled clips this time. Kharis reportedly still lives to guard Ananka's tomb, although there was that unfortunate incident involving the fiery annihilation of Kharis at the Banning house "30 years ago"! It will be Yousef's mission to bring them both back to Egypt.
The Ananka blab is continued by Professor Norman in a class lecture. He tells of the Mapleton incidents from The
which one of the rather aged-looking students
dismisses as having been caused by "a man made up as a mummy,
to keep the legend alive." But the Professor is an eyewitness
and knows a little about tana leaves. When the bell rings, he
promises Egyptian history next time,
vs. "the more lurid
and non-curricular subject of living mummies."
Tom's rather disinterested but jittery girlfriend
is Amina, who is part Egyptian and is reading The Tombs of
Ancient Egypt. "Something happens to me when I think
of Egypt"; she gets tired and troubled.
to the priests of Arkhan under the cycle
of the moon: "Now swear by the ancient gods of Egypt that
you will never rest until the Princess Ananka and Kharis have
been returned to their rightful resting places in these tombs."
After the obligatory recipe initiation, Yousef Bey heads to America
to retrieve Kharis and the inanimate mummy of Ananka.
Professor Norman, having discovered an "elusive
specifying the number nine in reference to
tana leaves, is working late despite his wife's protestations
that he should come to bed. "That's my salvation, Ella: the
fact that you're not a scientist and that it is too much for you."
The Professor cooks the leaves, and the mummy bursts through a
rail fence, following the scent of the tana brew. We never get
an explanation as to his surviving the fire in the last film.
The mummy's shadow passes over Amina
and she sleepwalks. The mummy
kills the Professor, slurps up the tana soup, and leaves the
mold. Amina sees the mummy leaving and faints outside. "I
begged [him] to come to bed last night," wails Mrs. Norman
to the investigators the next day. Amina has been found collapsed
near the scene with a new white streak in her hair. Mapleton is
in a tizzy and headlines read "Egyptian Girl Liked to Mystery
Killing." She's warned by the sheriff not to leave town.
Yousef stews. Amina is parking with Tom, but
feels cold when he's sucking on her neck, so he takes her home.
The mummy is wandering about,
upsetting dogs (especially "old
King"), killing gun-toting farmer Ben Evans, and busting
through barn walls.
At the Scripps Museum and the tomb of Ananka,
Yousef laments that the priests are "powerless now to prevent
the gaze of heretics resting upon her." He hides until after
hours. Kharis shows up, and when he lovingly approaches Ananka's
mummy, Amina at home screams, and Ananka turns to dust: "her
soul has entered another form." But Kharis goes berserk,
breaks things, and kills a watchman. Amina reports afterwards,
"I could feel his hands, touching me."
Inspector Walgreen (the guy who played Inspector
Henderson in the Superman tv series)
the crime in the Noman home, burning tana and digging a 10-foot
pit for the mummy, which never works out. Tom keeps wanting to
go to New York, and Amina is rather icy about the prospect of
marriage to this doof. Bey prays for guidance, and a mystical
light takes Kharis to a sleepwalking Amina. Peanuts the dog leads
Tom in pursuit, and a mob has formed too now, proceeding to a
shack where Yousef now has Amina, with more white hair, tied down.
He claims she's the reincarnation of Ananka "as she was centuries
ago." Amina declares, "You're mad," but she does
have a birthmark on her hand. Yousef must decide, in this "hour
of temptation," whether "to consign this lovely girl
to death again," that is, to inject her with tana fluid for
Kharis, or listen to his inner voice: "What of your destiny
as a man?" Her hair is now white. Yousef prays to Isis. If
he proceeds correctly, he'll "keep
her young and beautiful
forever.... No more to fear: no death, no decay." He decides
they won't return to Egypt. Kharis is shocked! He kills Yousef.
Tom and his stick fail in their assault and the mummy takes an
unconscious Amina out of the shack. Peanuts leads the mob towards
the escaping Kharis, carrying Amina who is now wrinkled. They
walk into a bog, and Tom is warned, "You can't go in that
swamp. It's certain death." An aged and unconscious Amina
is carried under, into the muck, by the mummy.
Overvoice: "The fate of those who defy
the will of the ancient gods shall be a cruel and violent death."
[But she didn't.]
Commentary: What a mess! This one wasn't thought through very carefully, as exemplified by the pointless pit-digging in front of Professor Norman's doorway, one hastily and poorly incorporated scene from a previous mummy film, Amina's lack of consciousness for most of the film, and the general pointlessness of it all. The film has nothing to do with Egypt and not much to do with anything else. I am at a loss as to how to comment. Ah! The bog is real, so that's truly disgusting muck. But mummies should be associated with dryness and dust!
For a very enthusiastic reading of these '40s mummy films plus lost scenes from the scripts, see Thomas M. Feramisco, The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universal's Cutting Room Floor (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., Pub., 2003).