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directed by T. Hayes Hunter
starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Kathleen Harrison, Harold Huth, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Ralph Richardson, Jack Raine, George Relph
screenplay by Leonard Hines, Roland Pertwee, John Hastings Turner, based on a play by Frank King, adaptation by Rupert Downing, music by Louis Levy

review by
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Egyptologist Professor Morland (Boris Karloff) is dying, but before he goes, he insists to be buried with a certain jewel bandaged to his hand, to which his servant Laing (Ernest Thesiger) is to see, because he believes the jewel will give him eternal life ...

Once he's dead, all sorts of characters turn up at Morland's mansion, including financial advisor Broughton (Cedric Hardwicke), pastor Hartley (Ralph Richardson) and Arabian Aga Ben Dragore (Harold Huth), all of them being after the jewel, plus Morland's only living relatives Ralph (Anthony Bushell) and Betty (Dorothy Hyson), who have no idea about their uncle's wealth - and who are set to eventually become a couple -, and Betty's best friend Kaney (Kathleen Harrison) - who serves as comic release in this film.

Soon enough, the jewel is stolen from Morland's tomb - by his own servant Laing, as it would turn out -, which makes dead Morland angry enough to rise from the dead, kill those who he thinks responsible for the theft and return the jewel to where it belongs, a living statue of Anubis. With the mission accomplished, Morland dies again, only for the statue to turn out to be a clever trick by the pastor to get his hands on the jewel - but ultimately his greed leads to his own demise, and of the whole cast of principal characters, only Ralph, Betty and Kaney, who all got involved in the affair rather accidently and innocently, survive to see another day ...

 


Rather weak British horror thriller borrowing quite deliberately from the recent year's successful shocker The Mummy while giving its nominal lead Boris Karloff disappointingly little to do. Add to that a stagey direction, some way too stilted performances by many of the principal players and a script that could have needed quite some streamlining, and you are left with ... very little, in fact.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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