PlotEditTwo museum curators (Bud Jamison, James C. Morton) hire the Stooges (as private detectives) to locate Professor Tuttle of Egyptology, who went missing while attempting to find the mummy of Egyptian King Rutentuten in Cairo. They hail a taxicab in New York City, and inform the bewildered driver they are bound for Egypt.
Mummy hunting with the Stooges in We Want Our Mummy. Bewildered taxi driver (Eddie Laughton) looks on.
Upon their arrival, the Stooges learn that Tuttle is being held hostage by a group of thieves. While the Stooges wander around in the underground tunnels, the thieves have the professor bound and gagged. Curly finds what the Stooges believe to be the mummy of Rutentuten in a secret room, activated by a trap door. When Curly tries to pick it up he clumsily drops it, crumbling it to dust.
Then they hear the boss of the gang (Dick Curtis) threatening the professor to get him to tell where the mummy is. The frightened professor tells them. Moe, realizing they will get killed if the crooks discover the crushed mummy, gets the idea to make a mummy out of Curly. Curly's reply to this is "I can't be a mummy, I'm a daddy!", but he relents. He lies on the stone slab when the crooks arrive. The Boss rifles through Curly with the bandages on his chest open. The boss pulls a newspaper out and reads " 'Yanks win World Series'—can you beat that!" Curly blows his cover by replying, "Yeah, and I won five bucks!" The thief says, "No kidding? I had the Cubs and..." realizing he has been tricked, he charges Curly, but in the process of chasing the Stooges he and his cronies fall into a well Curly had found earlier and hide it using a carpet. The Stooges admit to the professor that Curly had destroyed the mummy, but the Prof says, "That was his wife, Queen Hotsy-Totsy!" He holds up a small mummy case, containing the real mummy of Rutentuten, who was a midget. Just then, an alligator wanders into the chamber. Curly sees it and, thinking it is another mummy, attempts to take it home as a trophy for his wall. When he attempts this, it bites Curly in the butt. Terrified, Curly goes to the group and points to the creature, who then snaps his jaw. Scared, the group—with their mummy—escape to their waiting taxicab.
- Moe Howard as Moe / Radio Announcer
- Larry Fine as Larry
- Curly Howard as Curly
- Bud Jamison as Dr. Crowell
- James C. Morton as Prof. Wilson
- Eddie Laughton as Cab Driver
- Dick Curtis as Jackson
- This is the first film which the theme song for the Stooges opening is "Three Blind Mice" This would later be used for the remainder of the Stooge shorts.