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Disturbingly beautiful...the film has a languorous, poetic feeling, and the eroticism...is like a bad dream of undying love.
--Pauline Kael
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The Mummy


Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

THE MUMMY (1932)
85th Anniversary Screening
Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00PM & 8:20PM at the Playhouse7, NoHo7, and Royal Theatres

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a special Halloween double feature in the popular Twofer Tuesday Series (two films for the price of one) on October 31. We will show a “double treat” of the 85th anniversary of THE MUMMY (1932) with the 75th anniversary of CAT PEOPLE (1942). Both films epitomize atmospheric black-and-white chills from the classical studio era.

THE MUMMY was one of the early efforts from Universal studios to capitalize on the their success in the horror genre (following the 1931 hits
Dracula and Frankenstein). Karl Freund, the German émigré cinematographer of Metropolis and Dracula, made his directorial debut with this film inspired by the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. Producer Carl Laemmle Jr. hired one of the writers of Dracula, John L. Balderston, to craft a screenplay from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer, and cast Boris Karloff, fresh from his star-making performance in Frankenstein, as the three-thousand-year-old mummy stalking an English girl (Zita Johann) he believes is the reincarnation of his ancient love. The cinematography is credited to Charles Stumar (who shot the Lon Chaney silent The Hunchback of Notre Dame). The result is a masterpiece of mood, described by critic Pauline Kael as “…disturbingly beautiful. No other horror film has ever achieved so many emotional effects by lighting; the film has a languorous, poetic feeling, and the eroticism that lives on under Karloff’s wrinkled parchment skin is like a bad dream of undying love.” With David Manners, Bramwell Fletcher, Arthur Byron, and Edward Van Sloan.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 10.31.17 - 10.31.17
Royal, 10.31.17 - 10.31.17
NoHo 7, 10.31.17 - 10.31.17
Rated PG
Runtime: 73 min
Language: English

Director: Karl Freund
Cast: Boris Karloff, David Manners, Zita Johann