Mummy's Ghost/Mummy's Curse [DVD]

This disc collects a pair of "B" grade mummy films from 1944: The Mummy's Curse and The Mummy's Ghost. Each film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer for both films. This is a great disc for monster movie mavens, or anybody who wants to reenact a night at the local drive-in.
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Special Features

  • "The Mummy's Ghost" trailer
  • "The Mummy's Curse" trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers


The Mummy's Ghost
The still very undead mummy experiences insane jealousy in this the third of Universal's Kharis thrillers. Although he was thought to have perished in a fire in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) is once again wreaking havoc in the town of Mapleton, MA. Sent by the High Priest (George Zucco) to retrieve both Kharis and his ancient love interest, the Princess Ananka, from their resting places at New York's Scripps Museum, Yousef Bey (John Carradine) learns that the princess has turned to dust. Her soul, however, seems to have been reincarnated as Amina Mansouri (Ramsay Ames), an Egyptian exchange student studying with Mapleton Egyptologist professor Norman (Frank Reicher). The latter's experiments with brewing tanna leaves turn ugly when Kharis appears. Soon after, Amina's hair develops grey streaks and she experiences strange and unsettling trances, unsettling especially for boyfriend Tom Hervey (Robert Lowery). Investigating Professor Norman's strange death, Inspector Walgreen (Barton MacLane) sets a trap for Kharis, but the crafty mummy escapes with a prostrate Amina. Hiding in an abandoned mineshaft, Kharis, to his distress, learns that Yousef harbors more than a religious interest in the beautiful Amina and promptly kills him. With the reincarnated but rapidly decaying princess in his arms, the mummy, to the horrors of the townspeople in general and Tom in particular, blithely walks into a nearby swamp and slowly sinks into the quagmire. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

The Mummy's Curse
Ostensibly taking place twenty-five years after the events of The Mummy's Ghost, this sequel marks the last of Universal's series featuring the evil mummy "Kharis," played by Lon Chaney, Jr.. A rather gruff-looking Chaney plays the loosely wrapped Egyptian high priest, who is extricated from his resting place in the bayous of Louisiana (relocated from New England after the previous film) by a team of archaeologists. Thanks to the procurement of some tanna leaves by sinister Egyptologist Izor Zandaab (Peter Coe) and his creepy-looking henchman Ragheb (Martin Kosleck), Kharis is up and around once again, seeking the reincarnation of his lost love Ananka (Virginia Christine, who would later portray Folgers coffee pitchwoman Mrs. Olsen). Though most installments of the Chaney mummy series tended to rehash story elements from Universal's Boris Karloff classic, this is one of the more original plotlines. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Lon Chaney, Jr. - Kharis, the Mummy
  • John Carradine
    John Carradine - Egyptian Priest
  • Ramsay Ames
    Ramsay Ames - Amina Mansouri
  • Robert Lowery
    Robert Lowery - Tommy Hervey
  • Barton MacLane
    Barton MacLane - Inspector Walgreen
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