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Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Peter Coe, Virginia Christine, Kay Harding, Dennis Moore
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Twenty-five years after disappearing in the swamp, Kharis the mummy is uncovered and returned to life, and sets upon searching for the reincarnation of his Egyptian princess.

The final film in the 1940s Mummy series from Universal, it's an improvement over its predecessor, The Mummy's Ghost, taking good advantage of the bayou setting, although the cast is populated with actors playing unfortunate stereotypes.  Nonetheless, the picture has the fun feeling that permeated Universal's monster movies during the decade, and uses the Mummy more sparingly, making his stalking scenes more effective.  None of the actors from the previous film, save Chaney, return, but Virginia Christine fills in well for Ramsay Ames and has an effective sequence emerging from the muddy bed of the swamp.  Although Coe doesn't stand out well as the film's token high priest, the underappreciated Martin Kosleck fares better as his sinister assistant.  

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