The Universal Monsters continues with (no, not another James Whale classic) the Boris Karloff feature “The Mummy”. Directed by Karl Freund and starring Zita Johann, david Manners and Boris Karloff as the Mummy Im-Ho-Tep.
In the film the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. A young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman.
‘Ardath Bey’ (the name Imhotep assumes after his exhumation) is an anagram of ‘Death by Ra’ (Ra is the Egyptian sun-god). Make-up artist Jack P. Pierce based the Mummy’s look on photos of Ramses III, and spent eight hours each day of filming applying the make-up to Karloff.
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