Yes, we know. We're going crazy here at the blog with Page 29 of Allentown's The Morning Call newspaper, printed for April 13, 1945. Not only are we celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of its printing, but there is SO MUCH good stuff on this one page! Imagine if we had the entire newspaper to talk about. The beauty of material culture, taken to the extreme. So we will continue talking about the movies that were being advertised for Lehigh Valley theaters on that day for a little while longer. We hope you're having as much fun with this as we are.
Today's ad is for a now-classic horror film starring Lon Chaney in The Mummy's Curse! (bom-bom-BOOOMM!) The film was released in theaters on February 16, 1945, which means it had been in theaters for two months by the time this ad was printed. That can be taken as a testament to its popularity, or to the general lack of good titles available in theaters at the time. Universal Pictures released six Mummy films between 1932 and 1955. This was the fifth of those. The film was set in Louisiana for some inexplicable reason since the two prior - The Mummy's Tomb (1942) and The Mummy's Ghost (1944) - took place in Massachusetts. Also, this was set in the distant future of ... 1995! We won't spoil any of the subtle nuances of its storyline, we will just comment that contemporary reviewers were not very impressed with the film. It's sad to hear, we know.
QUESTION: Which of the following actors also played the mummy in one of the original franchise films?
A) Christopher Lee
B) Tom Tyler
C) Valerie Leon
D) Brendan Fraser
A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA. So, we here at the American Treasure Tour blog try to focus on the good things that happen in history, but today is a special anniversary of a national tragedy that impacted people north and south and still has resonance today. 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was assassinated in Washington, D.C. United States presidents have a tough job, with close to half the country wishing "the other guy" was elected instead of them. Just remember, in four (or eight) years, they'll be out of office, like them or not. Don't let this ever happen again!
HAPPY ABBIE! On a more positive note, today we celebrate the birth of a successful young actor with many films ahead of her - Abigail Breslin! Born in 1996, Ms. Breslin turns a whopping 19 today, and she already has twenty-nine films to her credit, including such hits as 2002's Signs, Little Miss Sunshine from 2006, and 2013's August: Osage County opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Keep up the good work, Abigail. We're watching!
QUOTE: People say, like, 'Are you a regular person?' Well, I'm not a robot, if that's what you're asking. I really am a person." - Abigail Breslin
ANSWER: B) Tom Tyler - He starred in the 1940 film The Mummy's Hand. Boris Karloff famously starred in the original 1932 The Mummy, and Eddie Parker played the part in 1955's Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Christopher Lee played the part in 1959, Valerie Leon starred in Blood From the Mummy's Tomb in '71, and Brendan Fraser, while star of the most recent franchise, didn't actually play the mummy. He was Rick O'Connell, the American who stumbled across the mummy's tomb. That's a lot of mummies!