Saturday, September 14, 2019

THE MUMMY'S GHOST - "Nameless! Fleshless! Deathless!" (1944)

Tonight's Saturday Night Special is another Universal Studios Mummy tale!

 It's the second of three shot in the 40's starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis The Mummy! "The Mummy's Hand" also came out in 1940, but it had Tom Tyler as The Mummy!

"The Mumy's Ghost" is probably my least favourite of the three, but it's only a little over an hour long, and besides Lon Chaney Jr., it also has John Carradine, George Zucco, and Barton MacLane in it, so you really can't go wrong!

This time John Carradine is Yousef Bey, The Mummy's caretaker! John is, was, and will always be great! Period!

 The stoic George (The Mummy's Hand, The Flying Serpent) Zucco has a very small role as the High Priest!

The Mummy has a long history of being a ambling, lumbering, slow moving, but powerful creature. He's a little limited in what he can do, but he somehow always manages to get the job done. He can't go over or under this fence, so he just busts through!

Ravishing Ramsay (Calling Dr. Death, The Black Widow) Ames was a dancer and a singer in a Rhumba band before she became an actress!

My big question is how can a Mummy have a ghost when it's already dead?

Besides being as slow as a snail riding on a turtle, you'd really think they could smell him coming from at least a mile away!

This shot made me go back and look up whether this film was first shot in 3D.

Ramsay's character is an Egyptian woman named Amina Mansouri, and the spirit of Princess Ananka is slowly taking over her body each time some Tanna leaves get burnt, hence the sudden "Bride of  Frankenstein" hairstyle!

"The Mummy's Ghost" ends with him carrying Princess Ananka off into a swamp in New England. In the so-called sequel he comes up in a swamp in Florida, so there's either something weird going on or, there's a giant network of underground swamps in America I didn't know about.

"The Mummy's Ghost" is your basic revenge film, and The Mummy is summoned to off a bunch of guys one by one.

Yousef Bey comes to America to boss The Mummy around, and he has a portable altar he can set up in remote places like in the woods.

Kharis is not the delivery they were expecting!

The rampage of The Mummy actually makes John smile!

Dungeon stalwart Barton MacLane is in there as a Detective who never really figures anything out. They did dig a 10 foot deep pit to try and trap The Mummy, but they never get a chance to use it!

This scene in this abandoned mill is amazing I have to admit! I wonder how many times he fell while filming this. His vision is impaired and that looks pretty damn steep to be stumbling up and down on!
Then at the end of the movie, he has to climb down a ladder carrying Ananka!

This little dog's name is Peanuts, but the first couple of times they say it, it sounds like Penis!

Amina keeps transforming further into Ananka!

Yousef Bey crosses over the line, and that's it for him! That's when Kharis grabs his girlfriend and walks out and into the swamp, and that's about as close to a happy ending as you're gonna get!


Randall Landers said...

I like this one because it has such a downer of an ending. :)

EEGAH!! said...

Yeah, this is not a feel good movie in any shape or form!!

KD said...

It looks like Amina borrowed her fluffy locks from Criswell! ;)

EEGAH!! said...

Rafaela Ottiano in "The Devil Doll."

KD said...

Sorry, I meant Ananka's fluffy white/blonde locks.

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