The Mummy's Tomb
Ben Pivar for Universal
directed by Harold Young
starring Lon Chaney jr, Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, George Zucco, Wallace Ford, Turhan Bey, Virginia Brissac, Cliff Clark, Mary Gordon, Paul E.Burns, Frank Reicher, Emmett Vogan
screenplay by Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher, based on a story by Neil P.Varnick, special make up by Jack Pierce
Universal horror cycle, Universal's Mummy series, The Mummy (Lon Chaney jr), Kharis the Mummy
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It all starts out with Steve Banning (Dick Foran) recounting the story
from The Mummy's Hand from 2
years ago (in the film though, 30 years have passed since then). But of
course, then end of that film is no longer the end of the story. Instead
both Andoheb (George
Zucco) and the Mummy (now played by Lon Chaney jr) have survived their
respective deaths, & now Andoheb ahnds care of the mummy over to
Mehemet Bey (Turhan Bey) & tells him to go to America & have the Mummy
erradicate the Banning-family, & whoever else was on the expedition
from 30 years ago.
... so soon both Steve and his sister Jane (Mary Gordon) are killed,
& at first everybody, including Steve's son John (John Hubbard)
refuses to believe it has anything to do with the expedition from 30 years
ago - let alone that a living mummy did the killings. But then Babe
(Wallace Ford) the last survivor of the expedition arrives &
corrobarates the story of the living mummy, and Jim (Paul E.Burns), the
Banning caretaker is found in shock after having seen a walking mummy.
By now Mehemet Bey though has somewhat altered his plans of having
revenge on the Bannings, as he wants John's fiancée Isobel (Elyse Knox)
as his wife & tells the mummy to bring her. But when John notices that
Isobel is abducted, he realizes he has an angry mob made of townsfolks
behind him who are more than eager to put an end to the mummy-horror ...
& soon they have apprehended Mehemet Bey & set fire to the house
the mummy has carried Isobel to ... John had just enough time to save his
fiancée, the mummy urns to death ... again.
Rath3er weak mummy-film that - having an American setting - strips the
genre of all exotic aspects (safe from the inserts of cheap exotica from The
Mummy's Hand), instead tells the tale as a rather weak
serialkiller movie that just happens to have a mummy as the villain.