Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1955. Universal International Pictures. Story by Lee Loeb, Screenplay by John Grant. Cinematography by George Robinson. Produced by Howard Christie. Music by Irving Getz, Henry Mancini, Lou Maury, Hans J. Salter. Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bill Newberry. Costume Design by Rosemary Odell. Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.
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. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello 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.