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The Mummy's Curse

USA 1944
produced by
Ben Pivar (executive), Oliver Drake (associate) for Universal
directed by Leslie Goodwins
starring Lon Chaney jr, Peter Coe, Virginia Christine, Kay Harding, Dennis Moore, Martin Kosleck, Kurt Katch, Addison Richards, Holmes Herbert, Charles Stevens, William Farnum, Napoleon Simpson, Ann Codee
screenplay by Oliver Drake, Bernard Schubert, Dwight V.Babcock, Leon Abrams, special make up by Jack Pierce, Joe Bonner, music by Paul Sawtell, William Lava

Universal horror cycle, Universal's Mummy series, The Mummy (Lon Chaney jr), Kharis the Mummy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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25 years after The Mummy's Ghost: a construction unit plans to dry out the swamp where the mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney jr) sunk with his queen Ananka, but from day one the whole endeavour seems doomed, as workers just keep on disappearing & everybody thinks the place is haunted anyways. & then there's this professor, Halsey (Dennis Moore), who wants to unearth the mummy & Ananka for the Scribbs Museum.

But what even Halsey doesn't know is that his assistant Ilzor (Peter Coe) is actually the High Priest of Arkan, who with hs assistant Ragheb (Martin Kosleck) has made a temple for Ananka in a nearby abandoned monastery & now tries again to re-unite the lovers, even if ... no, especially if that means to have Kharis kill through hosts of supporting actors.

Eventually, Ananka (Virginia Christine) rises from the swamp too, but other than Kharis, who still is a mummy, it only takes her a bath in a nearby lake to turn into a lovely young woman ... but Kharis is after her & kills even more people trying to get to her - without success, as she soon hooks up with professor Halsey, who takes her, thought to be a traumatized amnesiac, on as his assistant, & is quite pleased about how much she knows about Egyptology. But every now & again, her mind seems to drift off 6 she startzs murmuring about Kharis ... one day she's gone, abducted by the mummy, & Halsey forms a posse to comb the swamps for her ... but he is ill-advised enough to accept Ilzor & Ragheb in his posse, who not only throw the others off the trail, but Ragheb also abducts Halsey's girlfriend Betty (Kay Harding) & takes her to the monastery, as for some reason they need to kill a woman to ... well, I don't know how to put it, revive, mummify or kill Ananka (now the plot really got a bit beyond me). Anyways, it seems that Ragheb has suddenly fallen in love with Betty & won't let Ilzor kill her, instead kills him. Then Halsey arrives & fights it out with Ragheb, but when all seems lost, the mummy intervenes ... & attacks Ragheb (!?).

During the fight Kharis against Ragheb, the monastery caves in, burying them both under the rubble, only Halsey & Betty survived.

& Ananka ?

She has turned into a mummy (!).

 

Compared with its immediate predecessors The Mummy's Tomb & The Mummy's Ghost, this is one of the livelier entries into the rather weak Kharis the Mummy series, as it at least tries to establish some sense of mystery & exotica. & Virginia Christine does quite well as the girl who repeatedly falls into states of shock &/or trance. That said, the film is still quite silly & not really good.

A sequence that tells the origins of the mummy was lifted intact from The Mummy's Hand, which in turn incorporated many scenes from the original Mummy from 1932. As a result, we see Tom Tyler playing the unbandaged Kharis, but when Kharis is bandaged & turned into a living mummy, we get brief glimpses of Boris Karloff as Kharis as well.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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