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The Mummy's Tomb(1942)

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The opening flashback sequence of this film, in which "Stephen Banning" reminisces about his trip to Egypt, is made up of footage from the 1940 Universal film The Mummy's Hand, directed by Christy Cabanne, written by Griffin Jay and Maxwell Shane from an original story by Jay and with photography by Elwood Bredell. The sequence includes actors Tom Tyler (The mummy), Peggy Moran (Marta Solvani) and Charles Trowbridge (Dr. Petrie) (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2982). According to modern sources, Universal also used stock footage from its 1931 film Frankenstein (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1465) and its 1932 The Mummy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2980) in order to reduce costs on this film. Actors Dick Foran, Wallace Ford and George Zucco play the same roles in both this film and The Mummy's Hand, although Ford's character's name was changed from "Babe Jenson" to "Babe Hanson" in the later film. While onscreen credits and contemporary reviews list George Robinson as the director of photography, early Hollywood Reporter production charts credit Harry Neuman in that position. Paul E. Burns's character is named "Jim" in the film and the onscreen credits, but is identified as "Pedro" by the contemporary reviews. In this picture, Lon Chaney, Jr. made his first appearance as "The Mummy," a role he would reprise in two 1944 Universal films: The Mummy's Curse and The Mummy's Ghost (see entries above). Modern sources credit Eddie Parker as Chaney's stand-in. This was the third Universal film to feature the "Mummy" character, but only the second film in which the creature was referred to as "Kharis." For more information on the Universal "Mummy" films and other pictures featuring the Mummy character, see the Series Index and the entry for The Mummy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2980).