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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy
Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy
Universal // Unrated // August 28, 2001
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Review by Gil Jawetz | posted August 20, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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Much like the way the horror films of the 80's and 90's eventually spawned self-conscious parody, Universal's astonishing collection of horror masterpieces in the 30's (Dracula, The Invisible Man, the Frankenstein films) inevitably lead to their producing films like Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955). In fact, Abbott and Costello Meet... is practically a genre in and of itself; In addition to the Mummy, they met the Keystone Kops, Boris Karloff, the Invisible Man, and others. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is one of the last of these films and the formula had grown a little stale, with some jokes allowed to run a little too long. Still, there is an innocence in the Abbott and Costello style that will always be charming. When a fast talking broad hands the fellas a card with her address and phone number, their stammering embarrassment is truly funny.

The film itself is a slight tale of misunderstandings and wrongful accusations. The boys find themselves in hot water after foolishly setting themselves up for a murder rap while trying to locate a cursed Mummy. Characters of vague ethnicity plot against the unwitting heroes and hilarity, as they say, ensues. There is nothing sophisticated about the humor here, mostly broad jokes aimed at the popcorn-throwing matinee rascals of the 50's. Still, it's harmless fun that can hopefully still be enjoyed by kids and adults.

VIDEO:
The black and white full-screen video is actually quite beautiful. After a few early beat-up stock shots, the film itself proves to be well preserved. Some slight damage and dirt appears but overall it looks fine, with good contrast and sharp focus.

AUDIO:
The audio is also surprisingly robust. The music sounds dynamic and the dialog clear and easily understood. No subtitles are included, but the disc is close captioned.

EXTRAS:
A trailer and some text screens are included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
While not the peak of sophisticated comedy and with nothing equal to their legendary routines, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy contains its share of loony laffs. To say that it now looks dated is beside the point. The film is like a time capsule to a style and a genre that simply no longer exists.

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