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Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Mummy's Hand (1940)

Less a sequel and more the jumpstart of a franchise, The Mummy's Hand ditches much of the horror of the original Karlof film and trades it in for laughs and adventure.  Dick Foran and Wallace Ford do a poor imitation of Abbott & Costello as they play two unemployed archaeologists in search of a lost Egyptian treasure.  The plot is good and has some interesting story elements to it.  However, for me the humor gets in the way of the horror more times than not.
Two things that really work in this film: 1.) George Zucco as Professor Andoheb, who is the evil high priest of the temple.  This is probably the finest performance of his I've ever seen.  2.) Jack Pierce's make-up on the Mummy combined with Tom Tyler who embodies the costume.  While he's no Karloff, all of his scenes are good and I like his take on this classic character.
The Mummy's Hand spawned several sequels but none of these films compare to the iconic original, including The Mummy's Hand.  As long as you're prepared for more action-adventure and less horror, you'll find this an enjoyable film.  It's well made.  I just prefer my mummy tales a little darker.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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