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Old October 1 2012, 02:39 AM   #370
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Well, The Mummy wasn't at all what I expected. Karloff was only wrapped in bandages for one scene, and was barely seen moving in that form. I guess the cliche image of the shambling, bandage-wrapped mummy comes more from the later films made in the '40s. Here, Imhotep spent most of the film in human disguise and was a very Dracula-like figure, using his hypnotic powers to dominate the will of the leading lady so as to make her his.

It was weird that the flashback sequences were undercranked like a silent movie. I always figured that the sped-up nature of the silent movies we've seen comes from playing them back at the later standard of 24 frames per second when originally they were presumably screened at a lower frame rate matching what they were filmed in (18 fps?). But this was made early enough in the era of talkies that people would've remembered the original playback speed -- yet here the flashbacks are deliberately undercranked, implying that even then, silent films were commonly perceived as playing faster than normal. I don't know what to make of that. (I wonder if it was done to give the flashback scenes a sense of being old, the way that later color films would do flashbacks in black and white or with a sepia tinge.)
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