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cast, crew and summary of the mummy's curse - 1944

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Lon Chaney Jr. .... Kharis (as Lon Chaney)
Peter Coe .... Dr. Ilzor Zandaab
Virginia Christine .... Princess Ananka
Jackie Lou Harding .... Betty Walsh (as Kay Harding)
Dennis Moore .... Dr. James Halsey
Martin Kosleck .... Ragheb
Kurt Katch .... Cajun Joe
Addison Richards .... Pat Walsh
Holmes Herbert .... Dr. Cooper
Charles Stevens .... Achilles
William Farnum .... Michael, the Sacristan
Napoleon Simpson .... Goobie
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Eddie Abdo .... Pierre (uncredited)
Nina Bara .... Young Cajun woman in Cafe (uncredited)
Budd Buster .... Cajun with pipe at bar (uncredited)
Ann Codee .... Tante Berthe (uncredited)
James Crane .... The Pharoah in flashback (uncredited)
Herman Elliot .... (uncredited)
Al Ferguson .... (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood .... Hill (uncredited)
Jack Lorenz .... Bulldozer driver (uncredited)
Tony Santaro .... Ulysse, Berthe's Husband (uncredited)
Hector Sarno .... Canjun in Cafe (uncredited)
Tom Tyler .... Kharis in flashback (uncredited)

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Directed by
Leslie Goodwins

Writing credits
Leon Abrams (story) and
Dwight V. Babcock (story)

Bernard Schubert
Oliver Drake
T.H. Richmond story

Produced by
Oliver Drake .... associate producer
Ben Pivar .... executive producer

Original Music by
Oliver Drake (song)
Frank Orth (song)
William Lava (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)

Non-Original Music by
Charles Previn (stock music) (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (stock music) (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (stock music) (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin (stock music) (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Virgil Miller

Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.

Art Direction by
John B. Goodman
Martin Obzina

Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin
Russell A. Gausman

Costume Design by
Mal Caplan

Makeup Department
Joe Bonner .... makeup artist
Joe Hadley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Millissa Irwin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mack V. Wright .... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department
Eddie Cane .... property master (uncredited)
Ernie Smith .... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
Asa Artman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Agee Kemp .... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
Joe McGee .... special effects (uncredited)

Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Pepper .... stunts (uncredited)

Other crew
Charles Cowie .... first grip
Paul Sawtell .... musical director
Charles Sheehan .... second grip
Molly Cook .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Ray Fitzgerald .... best boy (uncredited)
Lee Frederic .... script clerk (uncredited)
Frank Heisler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Herman .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Lloyd Hill .... gaffer (uncredited)
Vera West .... costumer (uncredited)

film summary

The Mummy's Curse serves as basically nothing more that a rehash of the four previously released mummy films. It is not a bad film, but it is very far from being anywhere close to the best. The mummy and his princess are buried in the mud of the Louisiana swamps. An industrial excavation is going on in the area and mummy experts come down to give their aid as well. The mummy is found, people start to die and we have some short chase sequences, a final scene where mummy does his mummy thing, and of course the flashback scene. A mummy film would not be complete without going back to former films and explaining who the princess and Kharis were, and, in the process, chewing up the running time and saving on film and actors. Lon Chaney plays the bandaged one with what seems a total lack of interest. He stumbles from here and there, but has little to do and little motivation. The rest of the cast is okay. Peter Coe as the Mummy priest is not too good, but some good character acting does come from his henchmen(particularly Martin Kosleck) and a great comic performance by Napoleon Simpson as Goobie. The best scene is when the princess comes out of her boggy grave covered with mud, then walks into the swamp waters and comes out a model for a hair commercial...her hair vibrant, bouncy, and not wet! Her dress also in great, fantastic shape. I should look so good after staying in a swamp bog for twenty five years. Despite the logic of the scene, it is wonderfully photographed. I also liked the humour, which I think was intentional, of the mummy continually coming close to getting his girl yet failing several attempts. Not the best, but still one to see just because.