Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy

 

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont (Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible ManAbbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Francis in the Haunted House) from a story by Lee Loeb and a screenplay by John Grant for Universal International.

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Obviously, it stars the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, plus Marie Windsor (Cat-Women of the MoonThe Day Mars Invaded Earth; Chamber of Horrors), Michael Ansara and Peggy King. Although Abbott and Costello were called “Pete and Freddie” in the script and in the closing credits, they used their real names onscreen during filming.

Plot:

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are Americans stranded in Cairo, Egypt due to a lack of money. They happen to overhear Dr. Gustav Zoomer (Kurt Katch) discussing the mummy Klaris, the guardian of the Tomb of Princess Ara.

Apparently the mummy has a sacred medallion that shows where the treasure of Princess Ara can be found. The Followers of Klaris, led by Semu (Richard Deacon), overhear the conversation along with Madame Rontru (Marie Windsor), a business woman interested in stealing the treasure of Princess Ara…

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Reviews:

” … their material is pedestrianly hokey …” Hollywood Reporter

“Dreadful in every respect, with jokes that are older than the Mummy is supposed to be. The last of the classic Universal monsters to be killed off by Abbott and Costello and an unworthy end.” Alan Frank, The Horror Film Handbook

“The film is a cheap and miserable one. The studio backlot production values entirely fail to convince one that the locations are in any way Egyptian. The sets are cheap – there is one supposedly stout wooden door that can be seen to crinkle when it moves. The plot is a tedious, dull matter.” Richard Scheib, Moria

Bud Abbott and Marie Windsor in Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

” … cult B movie queen Marie Windsor showed up here as the main villainess, and although she simply goes through the motions required of her, you know the type of thing, order the henchmen about, mock-seduce Lou and so on, she does it with her customary professionalism.” Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

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Cast and characters:

  • Bud Abbott as himself
  • Lou Costello as himself
  • Marie Windsor as Madame Rontru
  • Michael Ansara as Charlie
  • Dan Seymour as Josef
  • Richard Deacon as Semu
  • Kurt Katch as Dr. Gustav Zoomer
  • Richard Karlan as Hetsut
  • Mel Welles as Iben
  • George Khoury as Habid
  • Eddie Parker as Klaris, the Mummy
  • Mazzone-Abbott Dancers as dance troupe
  • Chandra Kaly and His Dancers as dance troupe
  • Peggy King as vocalist

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Categories: 1950s, cheesy horror, comedy horror, Universal

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3 replies

  1. Laffs valore. Saw it for the umpteenth time, but it never fails to make me laff😂😂😂😂😂😂

  2. Good feedback Stephen. Your daughter obviously has a lower tolerance level than us. As my 10 year-old son is studying Egyptian mummies at school we watched this earlier today and both laughed… but just twice. Its crass and pretty feeble we thought. So, to show how A&C aren’t THAT bad we watched two Three Stooges mummy shorts. No laughs there. I was surprised how awful the Three Stooges are after not seeing them for years.

  3. And yet, my daughter begged to watch this on video when she was very young – over and over. She loved the comedy and the thrills, and the ‘it’s behind you’ moments. Safe, scary horror. As an adult, she loves it still.

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