Blessing ‘The Mummy’s Curse’

Unwinding from a more than usually stressful week, my wife and I resorted to one of our favorite movies–The Mummy’s Curse (1944).

You know what’s really cool about this movie? Virginia Christine‘s performance as “the Princess Ananka.” Try to forget that the screenplay makes no sense whatsoever.

Ms. Christine had a very long acting career in movies and TV. If you’re old enough, you probably know her best as “Mrs. Olsen” in a bunch of Folger’s Coffee commercials. The role of Princess Ananka came quite early in her career, and she just blew the doors off it. Hey, the whole movie’s only 61 minutes long. It’s worth seeing just to watch her first scene.

Yes, I know the storyline of the mummy movies sometimes lapses into incoherence. When we last see them, before this movie, the Mummy and his hapless reincarnated princess are getting sucked into a bog somewhere in New England. In The Mummy’s Curse, the two of them emerge from the mud in Louisiana. If you can explain how that happened, you need to apply for a job as a presidential press secretary.

Anyhow, it’s all in fun–and I don’t think you have to worry about this movie scaring you to death.

5 comments on “Blessing ‘The Mummy’s Curse’

  1. LOL Lee; your mentioning The Mummy, brings back memories of “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy”…”slowly I turn, step by step”..they were hilarious! Guess we’re both “dating” ourselves…oh well!!

  2. You probably see more movies in a month than I’ve seen all my life. I’m just not a movie goer and I didn’t grow up on movies. However, just give me abook and I’ll stay up all night. No self control at all. Have you read TheHarbinger? It’s way better than a Mummmy’s Curse. You will see the word curse somewhere in it I’m sure but I’m not sure where!

    It is very well written. (For a change.)

    1. I haven’t heard anything about “The Harbinger.”

      Dorothy, there are so many books stacked up in this apartment, there’s hardly room for us. But on the weekends, I like to veg out with a movie. Usually by then my brain is shot. From “The Mummy’s Curse” I don’t expect enlightenment and intellectual excitement. I just expect the Mummy.

      This particular weekend, by the way, I have come down sick as a dog and can’t do much of anything. In fact, I’m about ready to go back up to bed. Maybe later I’ll come down to watch “The Creature From the Black Lagoon.”

  3. Thank you for your take on Princess Anaka as portrayed by Virginia Christine. The movie truly belongs to her. What a shame theat Hollywood so undervalued her fine acting work.

    1. In her first scene, she confers greatness on what otherwise would be a very silly movie. And she didn’t even have any lines in that scene! Makes you wonder how many actors and actresses would have done truly great work if only they’d been given the chance.

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