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I was thinking this as well as I was watching last night. Seemed like an arbitrary role reversal. Cushing in pretty limber running around the swamp. MAYBE they did it for the earlier scenes with his father, but doesn't seem ultimately worth it.blufeld wrote: I wonder if there was a little role switching since Universal had a crippled mummy (in the last three Kharis movies) and the heroes were able-bodied men (if you want to call them heroes), but Hammers THE MUMMY had a quick, strong mummy, while the hero has a bad leg. Is that an homage to Uni, or a parody? There's nothing in the movie where the bad leg is a plot device-it's just there. Maybe to keep John sidelined while the Mummy makes his father go crazy.
No matter what the reason for it is, the story really made the most of it. Like "Uncle Joe" being unable to reason with Stephen or John about it, and Stephen's "selective memory" about it after he recovers the rest of his memory.Ted Newsom wrote: I asked Cushing about this, wondering whether it was written that way to accommodate a real-life leg injury. He said no. "John Banning was sort of a victim of hors d'combat. Also it prevented him from entering the tomb, which means that he was allowed to live in the story." I'm not sure that made a whole lot of sense, but who's going to argue with Peter Cushing?