The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster film host will present his big broadcast of the third Universal classic “Mummy” monster masterpiece series installment, “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942); this Sat., April 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) was directed by veteran editor-director Harold Young. Young also directed the live-action segments for Walt Disney’s “The Three Caballeros” (1944). He also directed the fourth installment in Universal’s “Inner Sanctum” feature film mystery-thriller adaptation series, “The Frozen Ghost” (1945).
The studio originally released “The Mummy’s Tomb” as a double-feature presentation to theaters from coast-to-coast with another Universal monster-thriller production, Ford Beebe’s “Night Monster” (1942, with Bela Lugosi, Irene Hervey, Lionel Atwill, Don Porter and Leif Erickson); according to IMDB.
This will mark Svengoolie’s fifth big broadcast of Harold Young’s production of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1942 Universal “Mummy” monster installment back in Nov. 2011*, June 2012*, Aug. 2013 and June 2017.
Who was in Harold Young’s 1942 Universal “Mummy” monster production?
The players who appeared in Young’s Universal monster production of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) were Lon Chaney, Jr. (as the Mummy Kharis, this marked the junior Chaney’s first Universal “Mummy” monster appearance, the veteran actor re-teamed with Young in 1945 for his Universal “Inner Sanctum” production of “The Frozen Ghost”), Elyse Knox (as Isobel Evans, Knox later married Heisman champion athlete Tom Harmon in 1944; she was the mother of actors Mark Harmon and Kristin Harmon), Turhan Bey (as Mehemet Bey, in the latter part of his screen career; Bey recounted that his appearance in the 1942 Universal production of “The Mummy’s Tomb” was one of his favorite film roles, according to a 1995 interview with Los Angeles public access television host Skip E. Lowe), George Zucco (as Andoheb), Wallace Ford (as Babe Hanson**), Dick Foran (as Stephen A. Banning; the three aforementioned actors reprised their roles from the 1940 production of “The Mummy’s Hand” for Young’s 1942 Universal “Mummy” monster installment), Frank Reicher (as Prof. Norman), Glenn Strange (in a non-credited role as a farmer, Strange previously appeared in the role of Peewee with Dick Foran in the 1937 Warner Bros. singing cowboy western, “The Devil’s Saddle Legion;” Strange later played the role of Frankenstein’s monster in several Universal classic monster masterpieces with Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry “Wolf Man” Talbot; including 1944’s “House of Frankenstein” 1945’s “House of Dracula” and 1948’s “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein”), John Hubbard (as John Banning), Mary Gordon (as Jane Banning), Virginia Brissac (as Mrs. Evans), Grace Cunard (in a non-credited role as the farmer’s wife), Vinton Hayworth (in a non-credited role as Frank; Hayworth later played the role of Gen. Winfield Schaeffer in the remaining seasons of “I Dream of Jeannie” with Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Hayden Roarke from 1968–70) and “flashback footage” of Tom Tyler (as the Mummy Kharis) and Peggy Moran (as Marta Solvani, both Tyler and Moran appeared in Christy Cabanne’s 1940 Universal “Mummy” classic monster masterpiece sequel, “The Mummy’s Hand”).
Lon Chaney Jr. and his Kharis “Mummy” characterization
According to the June 1942 edition of Showmen’s Trade Review, the junior Chaney was chosen by studio executives for the role of the “Mummy” Kharis since they were impressed by his roles of Larry “Wolf Man” Talbot in George Waggner’s smash Universal monster classic masterpiece production of “The Wolf Man” (1941, with Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers and Ralph Bellamy) and Frankenstein’s monster in Erle C. Kenton’s Universal classic monster masterpiece production of “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942, with Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Lionel Atwill).
Lon Chaney Jr.’s success with “The Mummy’s Hand” and his other Universal “Mummy” monster appearances
According to the American Film Institute, after the box-office success of “The Mummy’s Tomb;” Lon Chaney Jr. reprised his role of Kharis in two more Universal “Mummy” monster features. The junior Chaney reprised his role of Kharis in Reginald Le Borg’s Universal “Mummy” feature production of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944, with Ramsay Ames, John Carradine, Barton MacLane, George Zucco and Robert Lowery) and for his final appearance as Kharis in Leslie Goodwins’ Universal “Mummy” installment of “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944, with Virginia Christine, Dennis Moore, Kay Harding, Martin Kosleck and Holmes Herbert).
“The Mummy’s Tomb:” Issued with a warning during the original 1942 theatrical release in Chicago
According to the Oct. 1942 edition of the Motion Picture Herald, the Chicago, Illinois police film censor board deemed Harold Young’s Universal production of “The Mummy’s Tomb” as an “adults only” feature for participating theaters within the greater Chicago area at the time. In terms of the studio, a typographical error was found in the Motion Picture Herald article. The Universal production of “The Mummy’s Tomb” was listed as a Warner Bros. (“Warners”) production in the aforementioned article.
With Lon Chaney Jr., Elyse Knox, Turhan Bey, George Zucco, Wallace Ford, Dick Foran, Frank Reicher, Glenn Strange, Mary Gordon, John Hubbard, Virginia Brissac, Vinton Hayworth, Grace Cunard, Jack Pierce’s “Mummy”/Kharis make-up design for the junior Chaney and “flashback” footage of Tom Tyler and Peggy Moran; escape from the ongoing stress/chaos and relax with Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942); this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow aficionados of classic Universal monster feature masterpieces with Sven, Kerwyn, the music of Doug Graves, extra fun facts and much, much more! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended! Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement from Berwyn!
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast region in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to Fox O&O WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
**According to the American Film Institute article, Wallace Ford’s character was changed from “Babe Jenson” (from his earlier appearance in “The Mummy’s Hand”) to “Babe Hanson” for “The Mummy’s Tomb.” –C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam 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 (via Twitter) with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Again, in connection to the recent coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: Again, to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere, please follow all precautions seriously, wash your hands for approximately 20 seconds, use a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, stay home, practice social distancing, stay well and keep healthy. During Sven’s March 28 big broadcast of Wolf Rilla’s MGM classic sci-fi/thriller masterpiece; “Village of the Damned” (1960) on Me-TV, a coronavirus/COVID-19 safety/prevention public service announcement was prepared by Sven & the Sven/Me-TV production team, featuring Kerwyn! Again, look to the positive wisdom, encouragement and enlightenment of Svengoolie, the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals, Mystery Science Theater 3000, the entire crowd of fellow super MSTies & classic movie aficionados everywhere! Again, escape from the chaos/anxiety by relaxing with Sven’s Sat. evening classic monster, sci-fi and horror feature film showcases and live-tweet with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere during his Sat. evening big broadcasts! Join us for the fun! Once again, let’s all take preventative steps- stay well, keep healthy and stay safe, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, the entire Sven/Me-TV production crowd & the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
To quote Sven: “I have a store?” The official Sven/Me-TV/Figures Toy Co. “Svengoolie Studio Set” collector’s edition action figure w/commemorative Sven set coffin featuring “Body Sorrell” and an official Archie McPhee miniature rubber chicken is still available for purchase through the official Svengoolie/Me-TV online store! And again, to quote the official Svengoolie/Me-TV online store motto, “no personal checks!” And only purchase official Sven & Me-TV merchandise from the official Sven/Me-TV online store site!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! (At the 0:02 mark): Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals jumped for joy when they recognized the cameo return appearance of a familiar Sven artwork design from a fellow super SvenPal! During Sven’s “fun facts” segment for the big March 28 broadcast of Wolf Rilla’s MGM sci-fi/thriller classic masterpiece, “Village of the Damned” (1960) on Me-TV (originally showcased on Me-TV in Aug. 2019), fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Sven skateboard artwork design was featured on Sven’s set in the aforementioned segment!
But wait! There’s more! (At the 0:04 mark): During Sven’s March 28 big broadcast of “Village of the Damned” (1960), there was another cameo appearance of Sarah’s Sven skateboard artwork that was featured in Sven’s sneak preview advertisement for his upcoming Me-TV big broadcast presentation of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942)! Sarah’s Sven skateboard artwork was designed for Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in the Berwyn/Chicago television airlanes and was originally shown on Svengoolie & Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment during Sven’s big June 2019 Me-TV broadcast premiere of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966)!
Congratulations to Sarah from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on the return cameo appearances of your Sven skateboard artwork during Sven’s “fun facts” for “Village of the Damned” (1960) and during Sven’s sneak preview advertisement of his upcoming big Me-TV broadcast of “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942)! We’re all proud of you! Three cheers, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, two thumbs up, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Sarah & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! Keep up the wonderful & excellent work, Sarah! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that the studio facilities of WNUR 89.3 FM/Northwestern University Radio have been suspended for now due to preventative measures in response to the recent coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic until future notice. Pre-recorded/archival editions of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcasts and other pre-recorded WNUR programs will be playing in rotation on the station via 89.3 FM/89.3 FM-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area and WNUR.org or through the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the galaxy! And fellow super SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to archival/pre-recorded editions of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs (2016-present), additional details can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or website!
Three cheers, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, two thumbs up, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals & fellow super jammers everywhere! We’re all proud of you! Keep up the wonderful & excellent work, Jamie! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Be sure to donate generously/help out one of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee’s friends from the PM&L players by donating whatever you can to her friend’s official GoFundMe fund website to help offset the costly costs of additional medical treatments. Help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating generously/spreading the word! Again, any amount helps! –C.H.
In connection to “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942):
“The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) is also available as part of Universal’s “Mummy” classic monster film franchise masterpiece anthology set, “The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection” on Blu-Ray and DVD. The 1942 Universal “Mummy” entry is also available as part of Universal’s “Mummy Double Feature” DVD twinset, paired with “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940). “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) is also available for streaming from Universal through participating video-on-demand service providers.
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