Curse that dang mummy, who's he think he is anyway, Lon Chaney??
Well, the reason this classic has got our ear tonight, is because at the very beginning of the film, the viewer is treated to this special moment, a pretty cool song by the lady of the house, the Belgian beauty Ann Codee, as barkeeper Tante Berthe! The song is called "Hey, You" and was written by her husband Frank Orth, along with another gentleman, Oliver Drake. Ann and Frank had a vaudeville act back in the day, called what else but "Codee and Orth!"
Unless something changes, this will be the last sound clip we feature! It's gotten far too complicated to be fun any more, and Kurt Katch as Cajun Joe agrees 100%. So our focus will no longer be on the music, but more on the films themselves. I thought offering up a short sound collage was a good way to give more insight, but I didn't know it was going to be such a headache. So welcome to the new look....
Peter Coe is Dr. Ilzor Zandaab, racial profiling aside, is it really possible to trust a guy wearing a fez?
What's really incarnately evil is the power duo of Dr. Zandaab with the fez, and Martin Kosleck, the future supremely execrable Professor Peter Bartell in "The Flesh Eaters!"
They've got a lot in common! Looks like the prefect couple to me!!
Virginia Christine is Princess Ananka, and you gotta admit, she cleans up pretty good!!
Kharis, the peeping mummy! What a perv!
You better watch out, because in about 15 minutes of so, I'm gonna get you!!
Kind of an awkward time to catch up on your pole dancing techniques, isn't it ladies?
This is one awesome painted backdrop, and they wisely use it more than once!
It's not bad enough that Lon had to wear all those bandages, and carry Christina around, now it's time to go up stairs! Great!!
Big Thanx to Douglas McEwan for sharing the following tasty bit of information, and correction in the Comments Section:
"I knew Virigina Christine a little bit, who was a wonderful woman, the wife of lip-popping Fritz Feld. I talked with her once about this movie. She told me that when Lon as Kharis had to carry her up those worn and uneven temple steps, she was strapped to him under her and his costumes, so he literally could not drop her.
Unfortunately, they shot it after lunch. In those days, sad but true (Remember, this is what Virginia Christine told me herself, face-to-face), Lon drank his lunch and was very drunk when they shot it. (Universal usually tried to get Lon's scenes in all movies shot in the mornings, because he was always useless after lunch.)
So predictably, Lon fell in doing the scene, fell on her! Since she was strapped to him, she couldn't get loose or out from under this much, much larger person, and was severly squished aganst the steps under Lon until they could first cut her loose and then roll him off of her. They could not roll him off of her when she was still strapped to him, It was impossible.
So Lon then went off to his dressing room to drink the rest of the day away, and Eddie Parker came in and shot the scene. That's Eddie Parker carrying her up the stairs in your screencap above."
The lighting on this shot is really cool, and they use it on each group of people that come down the stairs!
Despicable contra Loathsome, who will come out behind?
The pith helmet just sets off the whole shot!
"The man in the fez, he turns around and sez, I'd like to help you make your trip!" - Country Joe
All right kids, go off, and be good now, ya hear? Right!! You can't tell me they didn't knock it out before they even got out of the tomb!