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Monday, June 22, 2015

Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

When two Americans (Bud Abbott, Lou Costello) stranded in Egypt attempt to apply for a position with an Egyptologist (Kurt Katch) to accompany his finding (a mummy) to the U.S., they find him murdered. This is only the beginning of an adventure that will find them dealing with two opposite factions interested in finding the tomb of the Princess Ara. Silly nonsense but that's exactly what you expect and want from an Abbott and Costello movie. This is one of their better comedies (and their last under their Universal contract) and is directed by Charles Lamont who directed them in 9 of their films. They rework several of their old comedy routines for the movie and they're still funny this time around. The ante is raised by the casting of the wonderful Marie Windsor as the film's tough villainess. It's a Universal backlot Egypt of course but who's looking for authenticity? With Michael Ansara, Richard Deacon, Dan Seymour and Peggy King.

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