THE SPIRITUALIST
aka THE AMAZING DR. X
1948, Sony Repertory, 78 min, USA, Dir: Bernard Vorhaus

A phony medium (Turhan Bey, in a supremely slippery performance) convinces a gullible widow (Lynn Bari) that he can communicate with her late husband. This hugely entertaining thriller (the lighter side of NIGHTMARE ALLEY) is one of the least-seen and under-appreciated of cinematographer John Alton's many noir masterworks. With Cathy O'Donnell and Richard Carlson.


THE MUMMY’S TOMB
1942, Universal, 60 min, USA, Dir: Harold Young

Foran, Zucco and Ford return for this atmospheric and fast-paced sequel set thirty years after THE MUMMY’S HAND. Here Lon Chaney Jr. debuts in the role of Kharis; and his caretaker Turhan Bey brings the mummy to America to avenge the desecration of Princess Ananka’s tomb in the previous film, by killing all the archeologists and their descendents.


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