All Wrapped Up

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is just not as funny as the comedy duo’s previous monster encounters. Not including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello have met all other Universal-International owned monsters including, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Invisible Man. They even managed to meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon in some capacity.

Since the Mummy is the weakest franchise, it only made sense for Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy to follow in its slow moving footsteps. The production feels bigger than the many low budget sequels, but it’s mostly a bunch of Egyptian jokes and barely any mummy. Abbott and Costello don’t even bother changing their names. They play bumbling archeologists who get wrapped up in a mummy’s curse. Kharis is replaced by Eddie Parker as Klaris, though attention is given to a medallion that can find the treasure of Princess Ara.

Costello finding the monster before Abbott has gotten as tired as some of their other gags, but they still made me laugh. The exotic Marie Windsor plays another woman who seduces Costello. Madame Rontru searches for the treasure along with Klaris’ follower Semu and several other unfortunate characters. The plot goes in several directions and is a little over complicated for a comedy involving the Mummy. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy lays to rest an iconic comedy double act.

35. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Costello awakens the Mummy

Preceded by: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

4 thoughts on “All Wrapped Up

  1. Yes, definitely one of the duo’s weaker efforts, but still fun for what it is. I never thought Abbott looked good in a mustache and tended to avoid the films where he had it. The film also offers a good early role from Richard “Mel Cooley” Deacon.

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