The Mummy

1932

In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. One night a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman.

Cast
Boris Karloff .... Imhotep/Ardath Bey
Zita Johann .... Helen Grosvenor/Anckesen-Amon
David Manners .... Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron .... Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan .... Dr. Muller
Bramwell Fletcher .... Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson .... The Nubian
Kathryn Byron .... Frau Muller
Lonard Mudie .... Prof. Pearson
James Crane.... The Pharaoh


  Zita Johann was born in Temesvar, Austria-Hungary (now Timisoara, Timis, Romania) on July 14, 1904. At age seven she moved to the United States and in high school she began to act in school plays. In 1924 she debuted on Broadway in a Theater Guild production, and over the next several years established herself as a prominent leading lady onstage. She debuted on screen in D.W. Griffith's last film, The Struggle (1931)but she is best remembered her role of the reincarnated Princess Anckesen-Amon, in "The Mummy." The revived mummy, Imhotep (Boris Karloff), is convinced that Helen Grosvenor (Johann) is the reincarnation of his love from time of the Pharoahs in this poetic horror classic. Her dark, haunting protrayal of a woman torn between the real world and the lost soul of Princess Anckesen-Amon is striking not only in her acting but in her visual tranformation from demure Helen to the ravishing beauty of Princess Anckesen-Amon. This is truly one of the best of all the Universal Horrors. Her portrayal or Nora Moran in the Sin of Nora Moran (1933) showcased her talent. She followed with Luxury Liner (1933), The Man Who Dared (1933), Grand Canary (1934) and Voice from the Grave(1939) but she was disenchanted with Hollywood and returned to the stage in New York. She returned to the silver screen in 1986 when she appeared as a librarian in the film "Raiders of the Living Dead". She was married and divorced from actor/producer-actor John Houseman. On 20 September 1993, Zita passed away but left Princess Anckesen-Amon to live forever.