The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

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This horror sequel follows The Mummy's Hand and picks up where the action ended. The mad Egyptian high priest, thought to be dead in the last film, is actually alive and well. The priest is plotting the death of the two archaeologists who originally desecrated the tomb.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Special Interest
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Studio:
Universal

Cast

Lon Chaney Jr
as Kharis
Dick Foran
as Stephen Banning
Elyse Knox
as Isobel Evans
Turhan Bey
as Mehemet Bey
John Hubbard
as John Banning
Mary Gordon
as Jane Banning
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Evans
Wallace Ford
as Babe Hanson
George Zucco
as Andoheb
Cliff Clark
as Sheriff
Frank Reicher
as Prof. Norman
Emmett Vogan
as Coroner
Janet Shaw
as Girl in Car
Eddie Parker
as Stuntman
Glenn Strange
as Man Riding Buckboard
Grace Cunard
as Farmer's Wife
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy's Tomb

All Critics (7)

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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A rather dull affair with many scenes directly lifted from earlier Mummy films.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

The first Universal mummy movie that's not really worth it.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

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August 27, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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November 19, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

A B-programmer sequel and how come no one ever thinks to just outrun that slow-moving, one-armed stalker!

January 19, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Mummy's Tomb

½

Three decades have passed since the events of The Mummy's Hand, so now is the perfect time for the survivors of an Egyptian cult to exact their revenge on the brash Americans who violated a sacred tomb. Lon Chaney Jr. dons the linen bandages as the monster while Dick Moran and Wallace Ford slather on the old-age makeup in order to reprise their roles. The cheap production values and the run-of-the-mill plot are carried over from the prior film, but the quippy dialogue has been excised for the some reason. As a whole, while The Mummy's Tomb feels professionally-constructed, there isn't anything in this film that wasn't done better in the preceding Mummy movies.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

Shambling briskly toward Z-Moviedom, this Hand follow-up finds the Mummy in America and horror fans filing for the door. Of the two preceding chapters, The Mummy's Hand shouldn't have been the one to receive a sequel...but it strangely and sadly does. In this proto-slasher film that brings the 'story' stateside, some much-needed humor goes the way of the Sphinx and the Mummy becomes a molasses-slow forebear to Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers. In this unrated continuation of the Universal horror series, a high priest (George Zucco) travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney, Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka 30 years earlier. From what brainless depth do the screenwriters keep dredging up these crazy cultists willing to enact revenge using a murderous rag doll? Someway somehow, a Canadian actor (George Zucco) assumes this role in the form of a racist Egyptian caricature. The leads from the preceding chapter return, only this time in poor elderly make-up so that their characters can get unceremoniously bumped off one-by-one. What? It doesn't count as spoilers if the script is awful, does it? Bottom line: Grave Mistake

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

In reality 2 years have passed, but in the plot of this sequel, 30 years have supposedly passed. It would be hell trying to form some continuity on a timeline for this franchise. Steve Banning is back home in Massachusetts with his family, including his son (Hubbard) and his son's fiance (Knox). He spends about 10 minutes (out of about a one hour run time) retelling the plot of the previous mummy film. The ancient Egyptian scenes with Karloff's back and Tyler's face are recycled again too. Then we learn that Andoheb didn't really die. He passes on the responsibilities of the high priests of Arkan to Mehemet Bey (played by Turhan Bey, which is a stage name). And Kharis, as all the undead monsters of Universal prove, never really dies. Bey takes Kharis by ship to get revenge on the Banning family in Massachusetts. This is the first of three times Lon Chaney Jr. would play the Mummy. Chaney Jr. solidifies the mummy's one weak arm (unless he's carrying away a woman) and one dragging leg, as well as only one eye. Bey, as the new high priest character, looks like he holds promise. At Bey's command the mummy causes havoc in the small New England town. Despite how slowly he moves, the sheriff, the younger Dr. Banning, and the townspeople can only seem to spot the mummy's shadow as bodies start piling up. Babe Hanson isn't dead yet either. He comes to town trying to get people to believe in the supernatural monster he and Banning helped release. Ultimately the high priest falls for Dr. Banning's fiance. This is a standard character flaw in high priests of Arkan, I guess. Again the mummy doesn't get the girl, but at least there are better pyrotechnic effects in the end.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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