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Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)

History of mummy films and history of the infamous curse.


David J. Skal


David J. Skal


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Credited cast:
Rudy Behlmer ... Self / Host
Paul M. Jensen Paul M. Jensen ... Self
John Balderston Jr. John Balderston Jr. ... Self (as John Balderston)
Sara Karloff Sara Karloff ... Self
Rick Baker ... Self
David Del Valle David Del Valle ... Self
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Bud Abbott ... Peter (archive footage)
Ramsay Ames ... Amina Mansouri (archive footage)
John L. Balderston ... Self (Screenwriter) (archive footage)
Leon Belasco ... Ali (archive footage)
Paul E. Burns ... Banning Caretaker (archive footage)
John Carradine ... Yousef Bey (archive footage)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Kharis (archive footage)
Virginia Christine ... Princess Ananka (archive footage)
Eduardo Ciannelli ... High Priest (archive footage)


History of mummy films and history of the infamous curse.

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1 November 2002 (Finland) See more »

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This documentary is featured on both the Classic Monster Collection and Monster Legacy Collection DVDs for The Mummy (1932). See more »


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The Making of Universal's The Mummy
20 October 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice documentary that was originally released on Universal's DVD of THE MUMMY (1932). The documentary takes various historians and discusses the troubled making of the 1932 film that featured Boris Karloff in his first monster role after becoming a star in FRANKENSTEIN. The documentary covers the painful make-up, the leading ladies hatred for the director and we then get to hear about the sequels that would follow in the 1940s. Historian Rudy Behlmer hosts this documentary and fans of the film are certainly going to eat this up since we get the perfect mixture of clips as well as some great interviews. We get to hear from Sara Karloff who shares her thoughts on the film as well as her memories of what her father told her about it. Rick Baker has some nice comments on the make up in the film and we have others like David Del Valle adding some nice touches. Some could argue that the sequels deserved their own documentary but I think they're given some nice attention here, although I'll admit that I'd like to have heard some of the experts opinions on Chaney, Jr. in the role.

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