The Mummy's Hand Reviews
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
The creeping death does not scary me, for it is all around us.
A rumored treasure and lost tomb in the most dangerous region of the desert has somehow leaked artifacts that an archeologist discovers. The archeologist convinces his best friend and an investor to help him get the resources to find the tomb. He doesn't know that another scientist is fast on his trail, and once he gets there, the scientist plans to reanimate a mummy to kill the archeologist and his companions.
"There's someone around here that just don't like company."
Christy Cabanne, director of Scared to Death, The Man Who Walked Alone, King of the Bandits, Hot Steel, and The Devil's Pipeline, delivers The Mummy's Hand. The storyline for this picture was just okay but the characters were very well written and presented and the overall film was so much fun. The cast includes Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, and Cecil Kellaway.
This movie aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Halloween so I DVR'd it. I didn't expect much but this was very entertaining and worthwhile. I adored the slew of characters that included scientists, magicians, and plenty of comic relief. I thought this was a clever picture that is definitely worth your time.
"I'll fix them with my trick revolver."