The Mummy 1932

Boris Karloff in a scene from The Mummy 1932
Boris Karloff in a scene from The Mummy 1932

The Mummy 1932

Title: The Mummy
Release date: 22 December 1932
Director: Karl Freund
Cast: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Edward van Sloan, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher, Noble Johnson, Kathryn Byron, Leonard Mudie, James Crane, C. Montague Shaw
Studio: Universal Pictures
Country: United States

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Mummy 1932

  • The Mummy 1932 shares the same opening credits theme music – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – with Dracula 1931 from the year before.
  • Zita Zohann reported that there was great tension between her and director Karl Freund. She said that from the first day of filming, Freud was a bully and was very hard to work with. She said: “Karl Freund made life very unpleasant. It was his first picture as a director, and he felt he needed a scapegoat in case he didn’t come in on schedule, 23 days, I believe. Well I was cast as the scapegoat, and I saw through it right away!” Due to the nastiness of the experience, Zita Johann declined to work with Universal afterwards, so her billing on The Mummy as demoted from co-star to supporting player.
  • Scenes showing the reincarnated lives of Anckesenamum throughout history, including Ancient Rome, Viking Raiders and Middle Ages Europe, were cut from the final film.
  • Boris Karloff’s makeup by Jack P. Pierce was based on Ramses III and took eight hours a day to apply. Karloff apparently said to Pierce: “Well, you’ve done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!”
  • The film’s original titles included “Imhotep” and “King of the Dead”. Unlike Dracula 1931 or Frankenstein 1931, The Mummy was not based on a work of fiction. It was inspired by the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s.

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