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The Mummy (1932)

aka The Mummy

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Details: 73 mins · English, French, Arabic


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Small Im-ho-tep / Ardath Bey
Small Helen Grosvenor / Princess Anck-es-en-Amon
Small Frank Whemple
Small Dr. Muller
Small Sir Joseph Whemple
No_movie_poster Ralph Norton
Small The Nubian
No_movie_poster Frau Muller
No_movie_poster Professor Pearson
No_movie_poster The Pharaoh


Small Karl Freund Director
No_movie_poster John L. Balderston Script
Small Carl Laemmle Jr. Producer
No_movie_poster James Dietrich Music
No_movie_poster Charles J. Stumar Cinematography
No_movie_poster John L. Balderston Writer


An Ancient Egyptian priest called Imhotep (Boris Karloff) is revived when an archaeological expedition led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) finds Imhotep's mummy. Despite the warning of his friend Dr. Muller (Edward Van Sloan), Sir Joseph's assistant Ralph Norton (Bramwell Fletcher), recklessly reads aloud an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep escapes from the archaeologists, taking the Scroll of Thoth, and prowls Cairo seeking the reincarnation of the soul of his ancient lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-amon.

Ten years later, Imhotep calls upon Sir Joseph's son Frank (David Manners) and Prof. Pearson (Leonard Mudie), claims that his name is Ardath Bey, a modern Egyptian (also portrayed by Karloff), and shows them where to dig to find Ankh-es-en-amon's tomb. The archaeologists find the tomb, give the mummy and the treasures to the Cairo Museum, then thank Ardath Bey for giving them the information of where to find the tomb.

Imhotep was once mummified alive for attempting to resurrect her, and, upon finding Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), a woman bearing a striking resemblance to the Princess, he attempts to kill her, with the intention of mummifying her corpse, bringing it back to life using the ancient scroll, and making her his bride. In the end, she is saved when she remembers her past life and prays to the goddess Isis to save her. The prayer causes a ray from the statue of Isis to burst out raising its arm to point a glowing ankh at Imhotep. He ages and crumbles into dust. Frank then calls Helen back to the world of the living as the Scroll of Thoth burns.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1932-12-22 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1933-03-31 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1933-06-29 : Mexico

Theatrical : 1933-07-20 : Japan

Theatrical : Turkey

Television : 1972-10-16 : West Germany

Television : 1998-07-01 : Finland