This is the movie that started it all. The Mummy is one of Universal Studios classic horror films from the 1930s. It is as genre defining as Dracula (1932), Frankenstein (1932) and The Wolfman (1941) and spawned countless sequels and remakes. The Mummy stars the incomparable Boris Karloff as Imhotep in a story of love lost, love found and love lost again. Karloff is perfect in the role and with Jack Pierce doing his makeup, once again, they have created a horror masterpiece. Zita Johann plays Karloff's love interest, Helen, and is a delightful counterpart to Karloff's menacing monster. Together they are movie magic. The rest of the cast hits a home run as well.
The Mummy also has a wonderful screenplay that is brought to life by the legendary cinematographer/director Karl Freund [Dracula, Metropolis, Murders in the Rue Morgue] who brings both ancient and modern Egypt to life. I can only imagine that for 1930's audiences this was quite exotic and a delight for the eyes. Freund always frames his shots so carefully and beautifully. He also has a knack for epic storytelling and knows how to make his movies feel bigger than they actually are.
There is nothing bad to be said about this one. If you've never seen The Mummy, put this one on your Netflix list ASAP. It's THE quintessential mummy movie that is not to be missed.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.