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The Mummy's Hand (1940) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Christy Cabanne and produced by Ben Pivar.

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Classic Films in Focus: THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 16, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Universal produced a steady stream of horror movies during the 1930s and 40s, and not all of them reached the artistic heights of Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). Among the lesser pictures of the era we have entries like The Mummy’s Hand (1940), director Christy Cabanne’s contrib... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 16, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Universal produced a steady stream of horror movies during the 1930s and 40s, and not all of them reached the artistic heights of Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). Among the lesser pictures of the era we have entries like The Mummy’s Hand (1940), director Christy Cabanne’s contrib... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 16, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Universal produced a steady stream of horror movies during the 1930s and 40s, and not all of them reached the artistic heights of Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). Among the lesser pictures of the era we have entries like The Mummy’s Hand (1940), director Christy Cabanne’s contrib... Read full article


The Mummy’s Hand (1940, Christy Cabanne)

on Jun 7, 2009 From The Stop Button

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this film. There’s no discernible reason for it to be called The Mummy’s Hand. I can only guess it has to do with the way they cut the trailer, maybe having the hand come out as a shocker. It’s not a traditional Universal horror fil... Read full article


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Quotes from

Steve Banning: What happened, Babe?
Babe Jenson: I was practicing my rock trick.
Steve Banning: Maybe next time you should practice on a pebble.


Babe Jenson: Hey Steve, can a dame go crazy from being sawed in half too many times?


Steve Banning: Those jackals are giving me goose pimples.
Babe Jenson: Aw they're giving me goose pimples on top of my goose pimples.


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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.
For the scenes in which the Mummy was seen in closeup or medium shots, Jack P. Pierce's painstaking makeup technique of gluing strips of cotton on Tom Tyler's face, to create deep wrinkles, was employed. But in long shots, Tyler wears a time-saving (and much more comfortable) rubber mask.
Shooting began late May-June, 1940, released September 20.
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