In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers 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. One night 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.
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# Additional film information
*Director - Karl Freund
*Writers - Nina Wilcox Putnam /Richard Schayer
*Release Date - 22 December 1932 (USA)
*Genre - Classics, Horror
*Runtime - 73 min
*Country - USA
*Language - English | Arabic | French
*Rating - NR
Edward Van Sloan
* Henry Victor appears in the credits of the film as \\\"Saxon Warrior,\\\" yet he never actually appears in the movie. The Saxon Warrior was part of a long flashback sequence showing all the heroine\\\'s past lives from ancient Egypt to the present. The sequence was cut from the final film.
* \\\'Ardath Bey\\\' (the name Imhotep assumes after his exhumation) is an anagram of \\\'Death by Ra\\\' (Ra is the Egyptian sun-god).
* Boris Karloff mummy makeup is based on the appearance of Ramses III; makeup artist \\\'Jack P. Pierce\\\' spent eight hours applying Karloff\\\'s makeup.
* The ring Boris Karloff uses has been in the possession of Forrest J Ackerman for many decades (he wears it).
* A lengthy and complicated re-incarnation scene, so important to the plot, never made it into the film because such scenes were banned from the screen by the Hays Office. This upset many people, including the film\\\'s leading actress, Zita Johann, who was a firm believer in re-incarnation.
* The film\\\'s poster holds the record for the most money paid for a movie poster at auction: more than $453,500.
* This was the first assignment in the director\\\'s chair for the noted German cinematographer Karl Freund. He was given this opportunity only two years after arriving in the United States.
* Boris Karloff was virtually unknown when he appeared as the creature in Frankenstein (1931). He created such a sensation that when this was made, only a year later, Universal only had to advertise \\\"KARLOFF....\\\'The Mummy\\\'.\\\"
* This is the only Universal monster of the time without a fictional antecedent. Large segments of the movie are scene-by-scene parallels of the movie Dracula (1931). An ankh symbol (the ancient Egyptian glyph for \\\"life\\\" is substituted for the crucifix of the earlier movie.
* The script for this movie was originally called \\\"Cagliostro\\\", based on the famous French \\\"prophet\\\"/charlatan who claimed that he had lived for several centuries. It was then rewritten to profit from the love of all things Egyptian since the finding of King Tut\\\'s tomb, re-titled \\\"Im-Ho-Tep\\\", and only became \\\"The Mummy\\\" just before general release.
* The flashback scenes in ancient Egypt were designed to resemble a silent film, with no dialog, exaggerated make-up and gestures, and a faster camera speed, to suggest the great antiquity of the events portrayed.
* The movie\\\'s poster was as #15 of \\\"The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever\\\" by Premiere.
* Boris Karloff to make-up artist (and designer of the mummy bandage costume) Jack Pierce: \\\"Well, you\\\'ve done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!\\\"
* So many layers of cotton were glued to Boris Karloff\\\'s face to create the wrinkled visage of Imhotep as a mummy that Karloff was unable to move his facial muscles enough even to speak.