The 1944 Universal “Mummy” monster feature entry was directed by Reginald Le Borg. Le Borg also directed the Universal “Inner Sanctum” screen thriller-mystery entry, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943). The screenplay for “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944) was written by veteran screenwriters Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher and Brenda Weisberg.
This will mark Sven’s sixth big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944) on Me-TV. He previously showcased LeBorg’s 1944 Universal “Mummy” monster classic entry back in March 2012*, July 2012*, Dec. 2013, Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2016.
Who was in “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944)?
The players who appeared in Le Borg’s 1944 Universal production of “The Mummy’s Ghost” were Lon Chaney Jr. (as the “Mummy” Kharis), John Carradine (as Yousef Bey), Ramsay Ames (as Amina Mansouri), Barton MacLane (as Inspector Walgreen), George Zucco (as the High Priest), Frank Reicher (as Prof. Matthew Norman), Harry Shannon (as the Sheriff), Emmett Vogan (as a coroner), Lester Sharpe (as Dr. Ayad), Claire Whitney (as Mrs. Norman) and Oscar O’Shea (as a watchman).
This marked the second Universal screen appearance of the “Mummy” Kharis for the junior Lon Chaney. He previously played the role of Kharis in Harold Young‘s Universal “Mummy” entry, “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942). Shortly after “The Mummy’s Ghost,” the junior Chaney played the role of Kharis for the third and final time in Leslie Goodwins‘ Universal “Mummy” entry, “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944). One year earlier, Ramsay Ames appeared in the role of Maria Steele with Lon Chaney Jr. in the Reginald Le Borg-Universal “Inner Sanctum” mystery/thriller, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943). Around the same year that “The Mummy’s Ghost” was released, Ames appeared in an uncredited cameo role appearance with the junior Chaney in Edward F. “Eddie” Cline’s Universal comedic ghost farce, “Ghost Catchers” (1944, with Andy Devine, Leo Carrillo and the comedic duo of Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson).
Barton MacLane** previously appeared in the “Torchy Blane” film series for Warner Bros. (in the role of Steve McBride w/ Glenda Farrell from 1937–39) and also appeared in the role of Lt. Det. Dundy in John Huston’s screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941, w/ Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Ward Bond). MacLane’s final acting role was his role of Gen. Peterson in Sidney Sheldon’s “I Dream of Jeannie” (from 1965 until MacLane’s death in 1969, w/ Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Hayden Roarke). Veteran horror actor George Zucco previously played the role of Andoheb in Christy Cabanne’s Universal “Mummy” monster sequel, “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940, w/ Tom Tyler).
Ramsay Ames was not the first choice for the role of Amina Mansouri/Ananka
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on Le Borg’s 1944 Universal Universal “Mummy” monster classic, Universal contract player Acquanetta (of 1943’s “Jungle Goddess” fame, born under the name of Mildred Davenport) was originally chosen to play the role of Amina Mansouri in “The Mummy’s Ghost.”
During the first day of filming, Acquanetta fainted during the production and was replaced by Universal contract player Ramsay Ames; according to Glenn Erickson’s article on “The Mummy’s Ghost” for Turner Classic Movies’ website.
Lon Chaney Jr.’s injury on the set
During the filming of the Scrips Museum scene, Lon Chaney Jr. suffered an injury on the set with his “Kharis” Mummy make-up and costume design. According to IMDB, the junior Chaney punched his fist into actual glass. After punching the glass, a tiny sliver of the glass flew onto the junior Chaney’s chin, which punctured his Kharis “Mummy” make-up mask. His chin was scraped. It was reported that studio propmasters did not replace the “real” glass with faux prop glass prior to filming.
According to additional information from IMDB, director Reginald Le Borg admitted that Lon Chaney Jr. did not have stunt doubles for the action sequences production of the “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1945).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Lon Chaney Jr., Ramsay Ames, Barton MacLane**, George Zucco, David Carradine, Frank Reicher, Harry Shannon, Emmett Vogan, Lester Sharpe, Claire Whitney and Oscar O’Shea; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944), this Sat. on Me-TV! One of many perfect pre-Halloween treats for all fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast with Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! Highly recommended! You will not be disappointed!
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast market in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to Fox O&O WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
Live-tweet with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere from coast-to-coast (via Twitter) this Sat. during #Svengoolie’s big Me-TV broadcast of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944)!
“Silver Screen Reflections” has returned to the airlanes! My “Silver Screen Reflections” film blog was on hiatus last week due to an unexpected illness. As of today, “Silver Screen Reflections” is back on the online airlanes! Again, a big thank you to all my fellow super SvenPals for all the wonderful get-well greetings, words of encouragement and well-wishes from the previous week! Once again, I highly appreciate them all! I’m glad to be back in the airlanes! Two thumbs up, three cheers, peace & “Hi-Keeba” to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
**A flashback “Silver Screen Reflections” article on a family connection to Barton MacLane (originally published during Sven’s Oct. 2018 big broadcast of the classic 1944 Columbia werewolf monster thriller, “Cry of the Werewolf”)!
Sven & Chicago’s “Big 89!” Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s Oct. 8 appearance on the “Big 89” WLS-AM (AM 890) debut of Jenniffer Weigel’s show w/ Sven’s executive producer, Jim Roche and the Museum of Broadcast Communications’ curator Justin Kulovsek!
“Berwyn’s Very Own” and “Chicago’s Very Own!” Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s Oct. 11 WGN Radio appearance with Mike Heidemann (who filled in for WGN’s Nick Digillio) and Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s Oct. 20 WGN Radio appearance/interview with Dave Plier for the upcoming Sven 40th celebration at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications!
Before DC Comics’ “Svengoolie Meets DC Universe” cross-over inserts: A backstory article on Sven/Mr. Rich Koz is in most of the major DC Comics publications; now available at your favorite comic book store, bookstore and/or supermarket! The Sven-DC Universe cross-over series in all DC Comics publications starts Wed., Oct. 30 (according to Sven’s official Twitter site)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Volo, Illinois and beyond!
Two Sven events in one day! Svengoolie will be making a meet-and-greet autograph/professional photo appearance at the Volo Auto Museum’s “Halloween at Volo” event on Sat., Oct. 26 from Noon-2 p.m. (local time, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo, Illinois 60073)! A professional photographer will be on hand to take your photo with Sven and be sure to bring your favorite Sven-related item to be autographed! Sidebar: Limited to one photo and one autograph per attendee/personal cameras are forbidden from the Sven-Volo meet-and-greet event. And in honor of Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in television, Sven will be appearing at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 North State St., Chicago, IL 60654) on Sat., Oct. 26 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (local time, doors are open for the general public at 6:30 p.m. local time) for the museum’s re-dedication of the Svengoolie exhibit! Presented with Me-TV (according to the official press release from the Museum of Broadcast Communications), a 40th anniversary Sven event will be held along with a costume contest, a live appearance from Kerwyn, a “Svensurround” short subject, food/beverages and more festivities will be on hand during Sven’s 40th event at the MBC! General admission to the event is $50. Tickets are selling fast, purchase yours today!
To all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Volo, Illinois and beyond who are attending any of the Sven events this Sat.; have fun seeing Sven in person! Have fun seeing Sven, the classic automobiles and more at the Volo Auto Museum and have fun seeing Sven for his 40th anniversary party with the new Sven exhibit, “Svensurround” short subject, Kerwyn’s live appearance, the costume contest and more at the Museum of Broadcast Communications! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! (Begins at the 01:26 mark): Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast jumped for joy during his Oct. 12 big Me-TV broadcast of “The Mummy” (1932) when fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes of “Terror From Beyond the Dave” fame had a cameo appearance during Sven’s highlights from the Berwyn/Chicago “Flashback Weekend” 2019 convention festival! David wore his rubber chicken costume during his photo session with Sven at the “Flashback Weekend” event! But wait! There’s more! (Begins at the 0:22 mark): David also had another cameo appearance on Sven’s Oct. 12 big broadcast of “The Mummy” during Sven and Kerwyn’s “Mummy” mail call segment where his recent retrospective article on Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in television for “Scary Monsters” magazine was showcased!
Congratulations to David from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast for being featured in Sven’s “On the Road”/”Flashback Weekend 2019” & Sven & Kerwyn’s “mail call” segments! We’re all proud of you and all of us are jumping for joy! Again, keep up the excellent/wonderful work, sir! Three cheers, two thumbs up, peace, kudos and “Hi-Keeba” from the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! This week will mark the fourth big week of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee and the Corn Productions troupe’s live stage comedy-horror-Halloween show productions of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.: Slasher High!” The upcoming editions of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.: Slasher High” for this week will occur on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. (local time); Fri., Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. (local time) and Sat., Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. (local time)! Additional showcases of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.: Slasher High” will occur on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. (local time); Fri., Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. (local time) and the finale show on Sat., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. (local time)! Tickets are available for purchase via Corn Productions’ official “Goldstar” online ticket platform (ticket prices are now on sale from $5 for Thurs. show performances, $10 for Fri. and Sat. show performances). Tickets are going fast, purchase yours today!
And speaking of Sven. Halloween and classic monsters of cinema, TV and song; fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee will be playing monster/monster-themed songs for her upcoming live Sat. morning radio show, “Jammin’ With Jamie!” If you have a classic monster or Sven/Halloween-related song in mind, be sure to send in your requests to Jamie’s official Twitter page or Jamie’s official website before her Sat. morning (Oct. 26) broadcast jam session! Jamie’s live big broadcast “Jammin’ with Jamie” jam sessions are on the airlanes of WNUR-FM 89.3/Northwestern University Radio (in the greater Evanston/Berwyn/Chicago listening area) and on the online airlanes of WNUR.org Sat. mornings at 6 a.m. Central/7 a.m. Eastern! And speaking of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” show, her Sat. Nov. 2 big broadcast jam session will mark her 200th show on the big broadcast airlanes of WNUR!
Congratulations to Jamie and the Corn Productions troupe on their fourth big week of the Berwyn/Chicago stage productions of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.: Slasher High” from the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! Have lots of fun and lots of frights! And we fellow coast-to-coast super jammers and super SvenPals are looking forward to the upcoming “Jammin’ with Jamie” monster-Halloween jam session this Sat.! And happy early 200th show from the entire crowd of fellow super jammers and super SvenPals everywhere! All of us are proud of you and we’re all cheering/rooting for you and the entire Corn players! Enjoy and break a leg! Three cheers, two thumbs up, kudos peace and “Hi-Keeba” from all of us! –C.H. Also be sure to give generously /spread the word to help one of Jamie’s friends from the PM&L players ensemble through her friend’s official “GoFundMe” site (to help offset expensive health costs)! Any amount helps! –C.H.
In connection to “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944):
“The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944) is also available as part of Universal’s “Mummy” monster franchise multi-feature Blu-Ray and DVD anthology set, “The Mummy: The Complete Legacy Collection.” “The Mummy’s Ghost” is also available on DVD as part of Universal’s “Mummy Double Feature” twinset (paired with 1944’s “The Mummy’s Curse”). “The Mummy’s Ghost” is also available for streaming from Universal through participating online streaming/video-on-demand service providers.
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