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The Mummy's Hand (1940)




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The first of four loose sequels to the 1932 original finds a mad high priest (George Zucco) resurrecting the mummy (Tom Tyler) so it can exact revenge on the archaeologists who are guilty of desecrating its tomb. The mummy's actions stall when it finds a pretty girl (Peggy Moran) to take as its bride and join in immortality.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Griffin Jay, Maxwell Shane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 1992
Universal Pictures


Tom Tyler
as Kharis, the Mummy
Dick Foran
as Steve Banning
Peggy Moran
as Marta Sullivan
Wallace Ford
as Bebe Jenson
Cecil Kellaway
as Solvani the Great/Ti...
George Zucco
as Prof. Andoheb
Sig Arno
as Beggar
Eduardo Ciannelli
as High Priest
Harry Stubbs
as Bartender
Michael Mark
as Bazaar Owner
Mara Tartar
as Girl Vendor
Eddie Foster
as Egyptian
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy's Hand

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Not one of my favorites.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Charming and easygoing enough in its matinee-movie way, though there are enough unforced errors throughout that it's really hard to think of this as one of Universal's most shining moments.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

It plays like a serial chapter adventure shown during matinees in the 1940s.

Full Review… | November 1, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Still shufflin' around

April 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Mummy's Hand

The modern "Mummy" remake's direct forebear, this is by-the-numbers adventure film-making for the sequel with the creature's imput reduced to merely a mindless automaton taking orders. Comic relief then steals the reputed horror element in this noticeably factory effort, which is not bad, only it's no mummy picture either, no, not much.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


No more Im-Ho-Tep. Forget Im-Ho-Tep. Universal does a re-do. I thought I was watching an Abbott and Costello movie without Abbott and Costello. Foran and Ford act like and even look a little like the comedy duo, who later star in a string of movies with the Universal monsters. A very old high priest of Arkan passes down the secret of the mummy to a new high priest named Andoheb (Zucco). The filmmakers blatantly reuse the ancient Egyptian footage from the first Mummy picture to retell the story with some alterations. If you look closely, you will even recognize shots of Boris Karloff in profile or from behind. Face shots of Karloff have been replaced with shots of Tom Tyler. The man who is to become the Mummy is now named Kharis and he is not a high priest himself. The sequels confuse what he was. Was he a commoner, a guard, or a prince? This time instead of a scroll in the box there are tana leaves and Kharis' tongue is cut out before being embalmed alive. We are informed that the tea from three boiled tana leaves should be given to Kharis each night during the full moon cycle to keep him alive to guard the princess's tomb. The princess's name has been altered to Ananka as well. Nine tana leaves will give Kharis the strength to exact revenge on those who desecrate the ancient tombs. Well, there is still more set up as Foran, as Steve Banning, and Ford, as Babe Jenson, bring a side-show magician named Solvani the Great (Kellaway) and his daughter Marta (Moran) into their excavation team. There are some quaint vaudeville type gags that work and I like Peggy Moran as the more gutsy and brainy damsel, who nevertheless needs to be saved by daring men. The new high priest Andoheb, who by day is a professor at the local museum, has an assistant (Arno), who passes himself off as a beggar to keep an eye on the foolish American explorers. At least half an hour goes by before the Mummy makes an appearance and that is nearly half the length of the film. I don't understand why The Mummy's Hand was chosen as the title. The Mummy's Tea would make more sense. The mummy is really thirsty! But who would go to a movie with a title like that? The costuming, makeup and effects for the mummy are not great. When the stunt double for Andoheb is rolling down some temple stairs, it really stood out to me that the double had hair, while Zucco is bald. The "temple" is a recycled set and from the exterior is surely somewhere in California, not in Egypt. The thrills and action are pretty lame.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Digging up the Mummy name for a new story of Hieroglyphic Hocus Pocus, the bizarrely comic but often entertaining Mummys Hand has nothing to do with a certain appendage but introduces the title character as a rag-wearing shambler who kills on command. With this deuce, the franchise wraps itself in the B-Movie threads that audiences would associate with the brand more than Karloff. Lead-footed silent creature? Crazy cultist using said creature to enact revenge? Damsel carried away by creature? Yep, these boxes all get checked. Fun more than frightful, however, The Mummy's Hand strangely stands on its own ragged feet.

In this continuation of the Universal horror series, an ancient mummy is revived to destroy those that would invade the 3,000 year old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

Interestingly, Abbott and Costello weren't the first comic duo to bring slapstick to this creature feature. In an overlong buildup to the action, Dick Foran and Wallace Ford enact hi-jinks. Oh, and they get an American magician to bankroll their expedition! Its oddities like this that distinguish this follow-up from its forebear and in other ways what was to follow. Though future installments took their story cues and characters from this go-round, the tone was never this freewheeling again, for better and worse.

Bottom line: Pyramid Scheme

Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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