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The Mummy(1932)

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Nina Wilcox Putnam's and Richard Schayer's story was entitled "Cagliostro." The film's working titles were Imhotep and The King of the Dead. Jerry Ash is listed in Hollywood Reporter production charts as the cameraman on the film, although Charles Stumar received screen credit. Following the credits the following words appear: "This is the Scroll of Thoth. Herein are set down the magic words by which Isis raised Osiris from the dead. Oh! Amon-Ra-Oh! God of Gods-Death is but the doorway to new life-- We live today-we shall live again-In many forms shall we return-Oh, mighty one." According to New York Times, Boris Karloff was billed at the time as "Karloff the Uncanny." This was Karl Freund's first directorial effort after photographing Dracula and Murders in the Rue Morgue for Universal. During the 1940s Universal produced a series of sequels, beginning with The Mummy's Hand (1940) with Tom Tyler as the Mummy; The Mummy's Tomb (1942); The Mummy's Ghost (1944); and The Mummy's Curse (1944); all starring Lon Chaney. According to modern sources, The Mummy's Hand and The Mummy's Curse contained scenes from the original The Mummy, while the latter's statue of Isis reappeared as the god Tao in the serial Flash Gordon, also released as the feature Rocket Ship (see below). Additional footage was shot of Helen in later incarnations according to modern sources, including an ancient Christian, a medieval princess, a Norse Viking and a French noble. Modern sources also note that Karloff's salary was still below $400 a week at the time of this production, and his make-up, which was applied by Jack Pierce, consists of cotton, rubber cement and paint. The Mummy was remade by the Hammer studios in England in 1959, with Terence Young directing and Christopher Lee in the title role. Universal produced its own remake in 1999, directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo. The success of this version spawned a 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, with the same director and stars, and a 2002 prequel, The Scorpion King, directed by Chuck Russell and starring professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.