The Mummy's Hand

The Mummy’s Hand is a (1940) black-and-white horror film, produced by Ben Pivar for Universal Studios. Although it is sometimes claimed by fans as a sequel or follow-up to the 1932 film The Mummy, it does not continue the 1932 film’s storyline, or feature any of the same characters, and its plot suggests rather an unacknowledged remake of the earlier mummy film. It was the first of four films featuring the mummy Kharis.


To make the mummy appear more frightening, Tom Tyler’s eyes (and the inside of his mouth) were blacked out frame-by-frame in almost all close-ups.

The Mummy's Hand

Due to a clerical oversight, The Mummy’s Hand (1940) was never legally made available for television viewings, and remained largely unseen until Universal Studios VHS release in 1997.It was also the lone MUMMY feature that Realart did not own the theatrical rights to issue in the late 40’s-early 50’s.Viewers who attended screenings of its sequel,”The Mummy’s Tomb”(1942),did get to see about 15 minutes of footage cribbed from this film.

The excavation scenes were shot on the Universal back-lot in a rocky and desert-like section of the natural hills known as “Gausman’s Gulch,” named after Russell A. Gausman, set decorator on this film, and many other of Universal’s horror films. To give the gulch a more canyon-like and wild appearance, it was augmented with artificial rock-faces and boulders.

The Mummy's Hand 1940

Shooting began late May-June, 1940, released September 20.

Part of the original SHOCK THEATER package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 21 more features.

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