After securing himself in classic horror fandom in 1931's Frankenstein, moved on to a more talkative role in Karl Freund's The Mummy. Probably the most interesting thing about this film is how little time Karloff actually spends in the film as a walking mummy. Indeed, it is only in the film's opening prologue where Karloff is shown in fully mummy make-up, with his later appearances being as the fez-wearing and wrinkly-faced Ardath Bey.
Prior to seeing this film, I was already greatly familiar with the 1999 remake of The Mummy. While the remake features more action and CGI, both films are actually quite similar when it comes to the plot. However, this original film tells its story in a relatively brisk 73 minute run time. Korloff's performance as the titular Mummy is obviously the standout of the film, with there being the iconic close-up of Karloff looking directly at the camera. However, the other characters seem to be there solely to move the plot and along. One thing I noticed with the Universal Monster movies is that they frequently reused actors and indeed The Mummy features Edward Van Sloan, who played Van Helsing in Dracula, playing the very similar character of Doctor Muller.
I probably have to admin that The Mummy is probably not as iconic a film as either Dracula or Frankenstein. However, it still has a solid lead performance by Boris Karloff and with yet another remake coming next year, it is definitely a key member of the Universal Monsters family.