Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

26 Jun

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (FILM)

Release Date: 1955 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Abbott and Costello; Mummy (Universal)

The Story: The two bumblers, who go by Pete Patterson and Freddie Franklin, except for when they forget and do call each other Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, find themselves stuck in Egypt, trying to get home. They find the opportunity when they get a job escorting a recently discovered mummy back to the States, but before they can go, the professor that hired them is killed, and Freddie/Lou accidentally swallows the medallion needed to find the site. Some really bad people force the bumblers to help them find the tomb, while a cult wants to keep the mummy from being found, and the bumblers are again caught in the middle.

Notes: The mummy here is Klaris, apparently the cousin of Kharis. He is brought in and intentionally shown to be a separate guy in Jeff Rovin’s Return of the Wolf Man. This film has been referenced (as fictional) in Stand by Me, Back to the Future Part III, Futurama, and others.

For more Abbott and Costello crossovers, click here.

For more Mummy crossovers, click here.

The Mummy's Hand (Lobby Card), Lobby card for "The Mummy's Hand". "The Mummy's Hand" is a 1940 American horror film, produced by Universal Studios. It is directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Tom Tyler as the mummy Kharis.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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