Tonight on MeTV- if you’ve been hoping for a Mummy movie that’s wrapped up in a bunch of bonus Svengoolie content, you’re in for a treat! We present the final chapter in the original Universal series of Mummy movies ( if you don't count "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy")- in which Kharis' beloved (and oft-reincarnated) true love reappears - and the undying embalmed one again brings death to the bayou- in "The Mummy's Curse"!
This 1944 film is more or less the follow-up to "The Mummy’s Ghost”-where Kharis and his intended bride end up sinking into a swamp. Never mind that the previous film took place in Massachusetts-there must've been some deep water/underground current drift, because this flick starts out down in the bayous of Louisiana, where museum experts visit an irrigation project, concerned because they may have proof of mummies being buried at the site and that it should be preserved. They may be getting an unfortunate kind of proof- a worker is found dead, and it may be the work of the Mummy! They postulate that the excavation helped free Kharis from the swamp…and, boy, are they right- because the latest high priest of the Arkam cult, aided by another follower, has found the comatose Mummy, and brought it to a deserted monastery. There they brew up the tanna leaf tea that revitalizes the ancient bandaged one. Meanwhile, all that construction unearths a second subject-with the disturbed mud bringing forth a muddy young woman- who, once relieved of the swamp mud coating, is a beauty who can’t recall a thing, yet has knowledge of things Egyptian. Kharis is drawn to this dug-up doll, and again searches for his reincarnated beloved, committing more murders in the quest.
Since the mystery woman has no memory of being the Princess Ananka, the terrified gal flees from him, having no idea why he is after her! She is found along the roadside by one of the experts who came to find mummies (with no idea he just succeded!) accompanied by his girlfriend, the daughter of the guy in charge of the bayou excavation team. The mystery woman begins to spend time at their camp, where she reveals more and more of her vast and unexplained Egyptian knowledge- but Kharis lurks nearby, still intent on finding the latest incarnation of his beloved Princess. More murder awaits- as well as the usual forbidden lust of one of Kharis' followers for a local female- and things can only end in destruction and death!
This is a shorter movie- which, by the way, has some politically incorrect and very dated by-play with stereotypical characters -and our mummy is again played -for one final time-by Lon Chaney Jr., who detested the Mummy make-up, and demanded that it be simplified each time he undertook the role. The reincarnation of his princess is an actress that many of you may be familiar with from some 60s and 70s television commercials-you might be surprised to find out who she is ( Blog commenters- PLEASE hold off on posting who it is!) We’ll clue you in- as well as presenting a lot of fun extra Sven stuff- everything from an Egyptian stand-up comic you might recognize, to a special treat for "Columbo" fans- plus, a behind the scenes look at who works on our show, and –one more time- the beloved , celebrity-studded Freddy “Boom Boom”
Cannon song- “The Svengoolie Stomp”!
"The Mummy's Curse" will be on you tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings or at www.metv.com for time and channel in your area (Remember that MeTV encourages you to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie)! Chicago viewers can dig an encore of “Mole People” at 11 am on the U!
The Svengoolie Studio Set awaits you in our store- featuring a Sven figure in traditional outfit, with his own coffin and rubber chicken- we have made sure to have extra inventory to meet the usual demand, but it’s probably wise to order now while we have plenty of them available!
And- next weekend- it’s time for the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place ! Lots of chances to see me there- on Friday, we start things off doing the C2E2 podcast at 2:15 pm at booth 1677 – Podcast Central! After that, it’s an autograph session from 3 to 4 pm at table 2. On Saturday, from 12:10 to 12: 20 pm- you can get a “celebrity photo op” with me – check for availability- then, from 12:30 -1:30 – it’s a special Sven 40th Anniversary panel in Room S504. We have another autograph session from 1:45 -2:45- (at table 1).You’ll also see us out on the floor, shooting material future shows, and we’ll make a stop at the CW 26 booth- and possibly at the DC Comics area! Please watch for any updates or changes in information – and , once again, since the autograph sessions are only an hour- try to get in line early, since they will have to cut the line off so we’ll end on time. If you want an autograph or to take a photo with me, the autograph sessions are the place to get it- when we’re out working on the floor, or running from place to place, it isn’t often possible to accommodate those requests.
Tonight- join us for lots of Sven fun and more mummy mayhem!