The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
Where the mummy in the first Universal film was a Dracula, this one
is a Frankenstein. He has no agency and the real villain is the
scientist who unleashes him. This appears to be where The Mummy
(1959) received its confusion about Karnak; the
evil scientist from
Manchester Egyptian priest describes himself as the “high priest of
Karnak” and someone later interpreted that like “priest of Loviatar”,
rather than “archbishop of Canterbury.”
It’s painfully racist, gives the main character an unfunny comic relief sidekick, has an inexplicable series of close-up magic tricks padding out the running time, and some very unconvincing location choices. The worst mummy movie we’ve watched yet.
Radio play version of an off-Broadway show. Quite entertaining.