Realart re-issue trailer for the “The Mummy’s Tomb.”
The legendary Chicago-based horror host will be showcasing “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942), this Sat., June 10 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV. Directed by Harold Young, “The Mummy’s Tomb” is the third cinematic installment in Universal’s “Mummy” film series.
Young was also known for directing the live action sequences for Walt Disney’s “The Three Caballeros” (1944) and Universal’s “The Frozen Ghost” (1945, as part of the studio’s “Inner Sanctum” film adaptations).
This isn’t Sven’s first time showcasing “The Mummy’s Tomb.” He had previously shown the 1942 feature in June 2012 and Aug. 2013 on Me-TV (the network was not available in the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area until early 2013).
Who was in “The Mummy’s Tomb?”
The actors who appeared in “The Mummy’s Tomb” were Lon Chaney, Jr. (as Kharis, “The Mummy”), George Zucco (as Andoheb), Turhan Bey (as Mehemet Bey), Wallace Ford (as Babe Hanson), Dick Foran (as Stephen A. Banning), Elyse Knox (as Isobel Evans), John Hubbard (as John Banning), Mary Gordon (as Jane Banning), Virginia Brissac (as Mrs. Evans), Frank Reicher (as Professor Norman), Glenn Strange (in a non-credited role as a farmer), Grace Cunard (in a non-credited role as the farmer’s wife) and Vinton Hayworth (in a non-credited role as Frank, a reporter).
George Zucco, Dick Foran and Wallace Ford were reprising their roles that they played in the studio’s second “Mummy” film installment, “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940). According to the American Film Institute’s database portal on the film, the last name of Ford’s character was changed from “Babe Jenson” to “Babe Hanson.”
Glenn Strange would later play the role of Frankenstein’s monster in several prolific Universal horror features (after Boris Karloff decided to quit playing the iconic role), including “House of Frankenstein” (1944), “House of Dracula” (1945) and the studio’s 1948 monster farce, “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein.” All three aforementioned films (with Strange as Frankenstein’s monster) also had Lon Chaney, Jr. (reprising his role of Larry Talbot/The “Wolf Man”).
Later in his screen and television career, Vinton Hayworth would play the role of General Winfield Schaeffer in the latter remaining seasons of “I Dream of Jeannie” from 1968-70.
Lon Chaney, Jr.’s turn as Kharis in “The Mummy’s Tomb”
According to IMDB’s trivia section, this was the first “Mummy” role for Lon Chaney, Jr. After his appearance in “The Mummy’s Tomb,” the junior Chaney would reprise his role of Kharis in two more Universal “Mummy” features, “The Mummy’s Ghost” and “The Mummy’s Curse” (both films were released in 1944). The role of Kharis was previously played by western actor Tom Tyler in “The Mummy’s Hand.” In the original 1932 version, Boris Karloff played the title role of a different “Mummy” (Imhotep).
One of Turhan Bey’s favorite films
In a 1995 Los Angeles cable public access TV interview with host Skip E. Lowe, Bey stated that “The Mummy’s Tomb” was one of his favorite films. He enjoyed playing the part of the high priest (Mehemet Bey) in the studio’s third “Mummy” feature.
Recycled “flashback” stock footage elements were used
According to AFI’s database article, additional stock footage elements were used in “The Mummy’s Tomb” for flashback sequences. Scenes from previous Universal horror films were used in the film, including “The Mummy’s Hand,” the original 1932 version of “The Mummy” and “Frankenstein” (1931).
Released on a double-bill with another Universal horror film
According to IMDB’s trivia database, the film was released in October 1942 on a double-bill with another Universal horror feature, “Night Monster” (which featured Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Irene Hervey, Leif Erickson and Don Porter).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Chaney’s portrayal of Kharis (including Jack Pierce’s make-up design) and an ensemble cast, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s presentation of “The Mummy’s Tomb” this Sat. on Me-TV (featuring Sven’s skits, fun facts, Doug’s parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment)!
Sat., June 10 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area: WTTG 5.3/Comcast 196
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (Sven is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s exclusive 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
“The Mummy’s Tomb” is also available as part of Universal’s “The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection” multi-disc film set on DVD and Blu-Ray. The studio also released the film on a double-feature DVD set with “The Mummy’s Hand.”