The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Leslie Goodwins.

Plot Summary

Workers digging an irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana accidentally uncover the last resting place of the living mummy Kharis. The monster is soon reactivated and once again causing havoc as it searches for the reincarnation of his lost love.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Copyright MCMXLIV [1944] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents a Universal pictures
Executive Producer: Ben Pivar *
Associate Producer: Oliver Drake
Screenplay by: Bernard Schubert
Original Story and Adaptation by: Leon Abrams and Dwight V. Babcock
Director of Photography: Virgil Miller
1st Grip: Charles Cowie *
2nd Grip: Charles Sheehan *
Film Editor: Fred R. Feitshans Jr
Music and Lyrics by: Oliver Drake and Frank Orth
Musical Director: Paul Sawtell
Music: William Lava *, Paul Sawtell *, Charles Previn *, Hans J. Salter *, Frank Skinner *, Dimitri Tiomkin *
Director of Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Robert Pritchard
Western Electric Recording
Costume Designer: Mal Caplan *
Make Up: Joe Bonner *, Jack P. Pierce *
Special Photography: John P. Fulton
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Victor A. Gangelin

Peter Coe ([Dr] Ilzor [Zandaab])
Virginia Christine (Princess Ananka)
Kay Harding [real name: Jackie Lou Harding] (Betty [Walsh])
Dennis Moore ([Dr James] Halsey)
Martin Kosleck (Ragheb)
Kurt Katch (Cajun Joe)
Lon Chaney (mummy [Kharis])
Addison Richards (Pat Walsh)
Holmes Herbert (Dr Cooper)
Charles Stevens (Achilles)
William Farnum (Michael)
Napoleon Simpson (Goobie)

Alternative Titles

A Maldição da Múmia – Portugal
La Malédiction de la momie – France

Sequel to
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Coming Soon (1982)
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)



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  • Video Watchdog no.20 pp.17-18 – review


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  • by Walt Lee p.319 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.339-340
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  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.123-125 – illustrated article