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cast, crew and summary of the mummy's hand - 1940
               
cast

Basil Rathbone...Wolf von Frankenstein
Boris Karloff.........................The Monster
Bela Lugosi.........................................Ygor
Lionel Atwill..................Inspector Krogh
Josephine Hutchinson......................Elsa
Donnie Dunagan................. ......Peter
Emma Dunn....................................Amelia
Edgar Norton.................Thomas Benson
Perry Ivins...........................................Fritz
Lawrence Grant...................Burgomaster
Lionel Belmore..........................Emil Lang
Michael Mark................Ewald Neumuller
Caroline Cooke................Frau Neumuller
Gustav von Seyffertitz.............Councilor
Edward Cassidy.......................Dr. Berger
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crew

Credits
Production Co. ......................Universal
Producer........................Rowland V. Lee
Director..........................Rowland V. Lee
Screenplay........................Willis Cooper
Cinematographer.......George Robinson
Editor.....................................Ted J. Kent
Music Composer.............Frank Skinner
Music Director..............Lionel Newman
Art Director......................Jack Otterson
Set Decorator........Russell A. Gausman
Special Effects................John P. Fulton
Costume Design...................Vera West
Make Up...............................Jack Pierce


film summary
Easily the best of the four "Kharis" films made by Universal as follow-up to their 1932 original The Mummy. The film differs dramatically in scope and mood from the original. Whereas the original was darkly romantic, mystical, creepy, this first sequel goes more for humour than suspense and romance. Dick Foran and Wallace Ford are two archaeologists out of work in Egypt who come across some pottery that leads them to the final resting place of the Princess Ananka. Just made High Priest of Karnak, George Zucco has pledged his life to defend the secret of her resting place. What ensues is a good, interesting, sometime humourous tale of Zucco trying to thwart Foran, Ford, and their backers, Cecil Kellaway and Peggy Moran. Obviously not backed with a huge budget, this mummy film is fun. Foran is very good as the male lead. Ford is bearable at best, but Kellaway is as always a charming, affable presence on the screen. Moran is beautiful and effective in her role. But it is George Zucco's film, as he utters the great lines that have come to be associated with the "legend" of Kharis. Zucco has great screen persona and this is really one of his great roles. Tom Tyler, a western star, plays the bandaged one with reasonable aplomb(okay, effectiveness if you prefer). Although nothing in stature to Karloff's interpretation of the Mummy, Karl Freund's methodic direction, and the dark atmosphere of the original The Mummy, The Mummy's Hand is enjoyable and has given us the story of Kharis.
The producers of the original `Mummy' film obviously had not thought about a sequel. They turned the mummy, Kharis, into a pile of dust at the end and destroyed the Scroll of Toth, which the mummy used to invoke his murderous spells and control the partially reincarnated Princess Ananka.
The `Mummy's Hand' was made eight years after the original had burned the storyline bridges. Therefore, the writers had to start over and hope we weren't really paying much attention to the continuity. Not surprisingly, lots of cut footage from the original film was thrown in to set up the story. This time around, instead of a scroll in a stone chest, we now have an urn full of tana leaves. This loose sequel introduces the value of the fluid of the tana leaf to give the mummy power (carried on into subsequent mummy films) and the mummy's murderous nightly romps to eliminate those who would find and violate the tomb of the Princess. The principal investigators this time are Dick Foran, the hero and straight man, and Wallace Ford, the formula sidekick who wisecracks his way through the movie with typical nervous bravado. The rest of the mandatory characters are the evil high priest, the older scientist, an attractive female and of course, the mummy. This movie takes on the familiar 40's mystery formula: murders mixed with comedy relief. The original film was a classic, but the `Mummy's Hand' and the mummy films that followed through the mid 1940's quickly reverted to type. They looked more like entries in a B-movie serial than the subsequent chapters of a classic horror film story.