Tonight on MeTV- it has nothing to do with fitness when one of Universal’s iconic monsters goes "for a little walk"... and begins a marathon of evil and death, thanks to a curse from ancient Egypt that brings danger to all who come into contact with- "The Mummy"!
This is the original 1932 classic- that capitalized on Boris Karloff’s success as the Frankenstein Monster- casting him as the mummy of an ancient Egyptian priest who, in the name of love, defied the laws of the gods and those who were loyal to them. The story begins in Egypt 1921-with the discovery of a tomb containing the mummified remains of someone who appears to have been interred alive, no doubt due to some sort of indiscretion. The expedition, headed by Sir Joseph Whemple, also finds a box with a mysterious scroll- known as the Scroll of Thoth, supposedly a vehicle for giving life. The members of the exploring party argue about whether it is fitting to even continue with the examination of the discovery, perhaps deferring to ancient codes and laws –but, while they debate the issue, Ralph, a foolish young associate, studies the scroll, translating its words and reading them out loud. His recitation of the text is an incantation which brings the Mummy back to life! As the young man watches, driven to hysteric laughter by the unbelievable spectacle of the living Mummy, the bandaged creature claims the scroll and shambles out of the tomb, leaving the poor fellow with his mind broken.
Needless to say, the expedition is abandoned- until ten years later, when Frank, the son of original explorer Sir Joseph, returns to continue the search for the lost tomb of the Princess Ankh-es-en-amon. A mysterious weathered Egyptian named Ardath Bey arrives unexpectedly-and he inexplicably reveals the location where they will need to dig to find the Princess' tomb. His guidance is indeed correct- they find the tomb, and her mummified body and many artifacts are recovered, and sent to the Cairo Museum.
By doing so, they are actually aiding Ardath Bey in his own agenda- he is, in reality, the mummified high priest Imhtoep, who seeks to find a way to revive his lost love the Princess using the Scroll of Thoth that he purloined ten years ago! Imhotep is determined not let any man get in his way-and is confident that none can withstand his power. When he crosses paths with Helen Grosvenor, a young woman of Egyptian heritage, whom he senses is the reincarnation of Ankh-es-en-amon, he is determined to help her remember her past- then restore her to his side by killing her and then using the scroll to bring her back as the Princess of her previous life- to serve as his bride! Will the Mummy claim more lives- including that of the innocent woman he would have as his mate?
This is a true classic Universal monster flick- and, though some feel it is slow-going at times, it is a wonderfully atmospheric story with Karloff's character both tragic and terrifying. We get Edward van Sloan – who played Van Helsing in the original “Dracula”- again playing a wise doctor out to defeat a supernatural foe. We'll give you background on the production and cast- and- again visit with a familiar figure of power ; see the kids costume contest from this year’s Flashback Weekend; share a song, and –watch out for a cameo appearance from someone you’ve seen in a more recent Mummy movie!
"The Mummy" comes to life tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific,7 central, or check local listings and/or visit www.metv.com for time and channel where you are. MeTV again invites you to live -Tweet during the show on Twitter- using the hashtag #svengoolie – with the scores of other fans who keep us trending nationally each week! Chicago area fans get another look at "Son of Dr. Jekyll" on the U ( at its new channel location) at 11 am!
And- starting this Wednesday the 16th- we begin our visit to the DC Universe! In every DC comic this upcoming week and next, you’ll find a special bio to inform everybody about my history- then, on Wednesday the 30th- you’ll see the first chapter of “Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe” in all the major DC titles! It’ll proceed for 4 weeks, in the books that come out every Wednesday. This project turned out great- make sure you take a look!
We’re right in the middle of our Halloween public appearance tour- make sure you check under the “appearances” tab here on our site for upcoming , and any last minute, live and media appearances. And be watching our store for some amazing anniversary merchandise- coming soon!
Tonight- get wrapped up in the story of "The Mummy" with the Uncanny Karloff!