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Mummy's 1940s History Unwrapped

May 08, 1999

While Donald Chase's article about Universal's remake of the old Boris Karloff classic "The Mummy" ("What Have They Unearthed?," May 3) certainly whetted my appetite to see the new version, Chase was incorrect when he asserted that the studio released four "sequels" in the '40s to the 1932 original.

True, Universal did release four "mummy" films in the '40s: "The Mummy's Hand," "The Mummy's Tomb," "The Mummy's Ghost" and "The Mummy's Curse"; all four films, however, featured a completely different mummy than the one portrayed by Karloff. Karloff's mummy was named Imhotep. The mummy in the four films from the '40s was called Kharis.

Lastly, let's not forget "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy," the pair's last Universal picture, released in 1955, which featured a rather poorly wrapped mummy named Klaris.

On my mummy's honor.

DAVE DELVAL

San Clemente

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