The film features Boris Karloff, David Manners , Edward Van Sloan, James Crane, Zita Johann, Henry Victor and Arthur Byron.
Aside from Karloff’s roles (as Imhotep and the Mummy), both Manners and Van Sloan were no strangers to Universal’s horror franchise. The two actors appeared in the studio’s 1931 version of “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi in the title role (in “Dracula,” Van Sloan played appeared as vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing and Manners appeared as Jonathan Harker).
Karl Freund, who worked as a cinematographer on “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” for Universal was chosen by studio head Carl Laemmle, Jr. to direct “The Mummy.” Freund was best known for his advancements in cinematography and visual effects, notably on improving a trick that he had tried previously with Karloff.
The director gave the actor’s eyes an unusual lighting technique. This was done when Freund focused on placing miniature lamps to focus on Karloff’s eyes during close-up shots (in his Imhotep character), while the rest of the lights were dimmed. The rest is cinematic history, as Freund’s visual effects in the film have been praised by many over the years.
Why you should see the 1932 version of “The Mummy” on “Svengoolie” (to those that haven’t seen it)
“The Mummy” (1932) is one of many definitive cinema horror classics, which has spawned numerous sequels and adaptations over the years. You will not be disappointed by Karloff’s acting, Freund’s direction and in the case of “Svengoolie,” some wit and wisdom direct from Berwyn!
The film features the legendary comedy duo, along with Glenn Strange as “Frankenstein,” Bela Lugosi as “Dracula” (his only other Universal film appearance as the vampire), and Lon Chaney, Jr. as the “Wolf Man.”
Later that evening, the theater will showcase the 1956 sci-fi thriller, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” featuring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. It will be shown at 8:00 p.m.
Inside of the Weinberg Center for the Arts (the former Tivoli cinema) in Frederick, Maryland.
Watching classics on the “big screen”
This series will be different from the theater’s other cinema offerings, including the “Flying Dog movie series,” which screens modern films from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
John Healey, executive director of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, felt that watching classic films on the big screen would be great for younger audiences.
“A lot of times, people have watched these films on television or DVD,” Healey said. “It just gives you an opportunity to sit through with your box of popcorn and see them on the big screen.”
Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism at Hood College, expressed her fondness of vintage cinema palaces.
“You can’t beat the experience of that old-time movie theater,” Bertazzoni said. “It is a different experience than the cinemas of today, and it’s not incredibly expensive.”
Katherine Orloff, assistant professor of journalism at Hood, is excited about the upcoming film series.
“It’s such a joy,” Orloff said.
Vintage Tivoli (Weinberg Center for the Arts) program guide from the early 1930’s, when the theater was owned by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Why you should see the “Cinema Classics Movie Series” at the Weinberg Center (when you’re in the Frederick area):
From the zany comedies of the Marx Brothers, to Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” to Steve McQueen’s iconic car chase in “Bullitt,” there’s something for everyone at the Weinberg Center’s “Cinema Classics Movie Series.”
If you’ve seen these, or if you’ve never seen these classics before, you can now experience these classics the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen at the former “Tivoli” cinema.
Comments/questions about the “Cinema Classics Movie Series,” or any of the other movie screenings offered at the Weinberg Center? Want to know what my “top picks” are for any of the movie series? Drop a line at the comments section!