|THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (director/writer: Michael Carreras; cinematographer: Otto Heller; editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins; music: Carlo Martelli; cast: Terence Morgan (Adam Beauchamp), Ronald Howard (John Bray), Fred Clark (Alexander King), Jeanne Roland (Annette Dubois), Dickie Owen (Ra-Antef), Jack Gwillim (Sir Giles Dalrymple), George Pastell (Hashmi Bey), John Paul (Inspector MacKenzie), Micheael Ripper (Achmed); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Michael Carreras; Columbia Pictures; 1964)|
and uninspired formulaic mummy pic."
by Dennis Schwartz
Carreras ("The Steel
Bayonet"/"Maniac"/"Shatter"), whose pop is head of
Hammer Studios, where the film was made, directs this
stale and uninspired formulaic mummy pic, a sequel to
The Mummy (1959).
1900, in the Egyptian desert, the tomb of Ra-Antef, the
pharaoh, is excavated by an expedition of British
archeologists led by the renown Sir Giles Dalrymple (Jack Gwillim) and financed by the crass
American entrepreneur Alexander King (Fred Morgan). In
Hollywood lore, the opening of a pharaoh's tomb means
a curse is cast on the infidel defilers of the tomb
and those who gaze upon the mummy will die.
Leader Sir Giles wishes to give
the valued mummy to the Egyptian government for its
National Museum, to preserve that country's culture,
and the Egyptians offer some money in return. But big
talker showman King chooses to make a killing by
taking it back to Victorian London and taking the
mummy on tour as a ticket-buying peepshow. The Egyptian advisor Hashmi Bey (George Pastell) warns of the curse, but
is ignored by the Westerners. Meanwhile the archeologist Professor
Dubois is murdered in Egypt.
Warning: spoiler in the next paragraph.
On the boat taking the mummy back
to England, John Bray (Ronald Howard), the boyfriend of
Professor Dubois' daughter Annette (Jeanne Roland), and the new leader of
the expedition when Sir Giles resigns rather than defy
the Egyptian authorities for the American's commercial
venture, is attacked but saved by Adam Beauchamp (Terence Morgan). The hero falls in love
with Annette, and what ensues is a gory trail of
murder in London. At the first exhibit in London, the mummy (Dickie Owen) has gotten
loose from his bandages and murders King, Sir
Giles, and Hashmi Bey and abducts Annette. It turns out that Beauchamp is Ra-Antef's brother, who is
cursed with immortality because he killed
Ra-Antef. The brothers meet in the sewers, where Beauchamp begs to be
killed and have his cursed immortality removed and for
his brother to kill Annette so they can be together in
the other world. Ra-Antef kills his brother. But before he can
kill Annette, John
Bray and Inspector MacKenzie (John Paul) are able to rescue her while Ra-Antef destroys himself.
REVIEWED ON 7/29/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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