Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1955Story by , Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Music by , , , Production Design by , Costume Design by Film Editing by .  

The last of the films that pitted the comedic duo against one of Universal’s trademark monsters, and their twenty-eighth and final film together.  and are stranded in Cairo when they overhear a doctor tell someone that the mummified remains of Klaris (changed from Kharis in the earlier films) contain a medallion that points out the location of some very valuable treasure. The boys try to get the job accompanying the mummy to America where it will be studied, but they have no idea that a nefarious thieving couple are also determined to get their hands on the loot. Sitcom-style humour isn’t an insult with this one thanks to how delightful the stars are, their rib-tickling puns (like a fight over a pick versus shovel) still a nostalgic delight to enjoy. A few moments of beauty, like the combination ancient Egyptian tomb-nightclub that the celebrations of the Princess Ara take place in, also perk up a film that came out too late after the protagonists’ height of popularity to be as successful as their best.

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