Ep. 05-22: The Mummy (1932 & 1959)

The Mummy (1932) – A team of British archaeologists led by Sir Joseph Wemple (Arthur Byron) discover the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian prince Imhotep (Boris Karloff), along with the legendary scroll of Thoth. When one archaeologist recites the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life but escapes. Several years later, Imhotep has taken on the guise of a wealthy man, as he searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann).

The Mummy (1959) – In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life. Three years later, back in England, a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes the mummy to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past.

Welcome to another of this season’s double features, and what better topic to delve into than our beloved mummies? Join us as we take on two classic studios and their original takes on the cursed character, both Universal and Hammer. Listen as we discuss the pros and cons of both films, their iconic casts, placement in history, and color vs. black and white! Listen as Johnny Has the Keys awakens, stumbling for our crypt in seeking vengeance from those that disturbed our ancient slumber.



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