The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

This mummy film takes place not in Africa, but in Louisiana. Why? Gumbo perhaps? Napoleon Simpson plays (eesh) Goobie, who speaks in the exaggerated, stereotypical “massa” and “sho’ ’nuff” style — though not for comedic effect, which may be more offensive, depending on your point of view. He’s not as bug-eyed as Mantan or as shiftless as Stepin Fetchit, but he’s quite annoying and utterly useless as he runs around and yells for help. He does little else. Perhaps that’s for the best. As with The Mummy, there’s a flashback to the burial of the mummy showing the Nubian slaves being speared to death so that they can’t reveal the location of his body. Apparently, Nubian unions sucked.

“Yessuh, it’s a neckerchief.”
“Have you seen my hat?”


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