The Ghoul (1933)

UK, 1933
73m, 79m
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1

A British horror film directed by T. Hayes Hunter. For many years it was regarded as a “lost” film until a poor quality copy was discovered in Czech film archive by film historian William K. Everson in 1969. The original nitrate camera negative was discovered in a film vault at Shepperton Studios in the early 1980s and a new print was struck by the British Film Institute.

Plot Summary

Egyptologist Professor Morlant believes that he can raise the Egyptian god Anubis if he is buried with a jewel called “The Eternal Light”. Hoping that Anubis will grant him eternal life, Morlant allows himself to die but the jewel is stolen. Morlant returns from the tomb anyway and tries to identify the thief as his family gather for the reading of the will.


* = uncredited

Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter
[copyright not given]
Gaumont-British Picture Corpn. Ltd. presents a Gaumont-British picture. Distributed throughout The United Kingdom & Irish Free State by W.&F. Film Service Ltd.
Producer: Michael Balcon *
Screen Version by: Roland Pertwee & John Hastings Turner
[Based on a play] By: Dr Frank King & Leonard Hines
Assistant Director: R. Lyons
Photography: Gunther Krampf
Film Editors: Ian Dalrymple, Ralph Kemplen
Musical Score: Louis Levy
[Music] Adaptation: Rupert Downing
[Sound] Recordist: A. Birch
Full Range Recording System
Recorded by British Acoustic Film at Shepherd's Bush London
Make-up: Heinrich Heitfeld *
Art Direction: A. Junge [real name: Alfred Junge]
Production Personnel: George Gunn, Angus MacPhail
Unit Manager: Geoffrey Boothby

Boris Karloff (Professor Morlant)
Cedric Hardwicke (Broughton)
Ernest Thesiger (Laing)
Dorothy Hyson (Betty Harlon)
Anthony Bushell (Ralph Morlant)
Kathleen Harrison (Kaney)
Harold Huth (Aga Ben Dragore)
D.A. Clarke-Smith (Mahmoud)
Ralph Richardson (Nigel Hartley)
Jack Raine [Davis – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

El resucitado – Spain

See also
What a Carve Up! (1961)



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