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October 1957 (USA) See more »
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See It With Someone Brave! -- A Timeless Terror to Freeze You to Your Seats! See more »
Plot:
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Forrest Tucker ... Tom Friend

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Rollason
Maureen Connell ... Helen Rollason
Richard Wattis ... Peter Fox

Robert Brown ... Ed. Shelley
Michael Brill ... McNee
Wolfe Morris ... Kusang
Arnold Marlé ... Lhama (as Arnold Marle)
Anthony Chinn ... Majordomo (as Anthony Chin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Johnson ... Yeti (uncredited)
John Rae ... Yeti-eyes (uncredited)
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Directed by
Val Guest 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (story and screenplay)

Val Guest  uncredited

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Humphrey Searle 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Marshall 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Henry Montsash .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
Beatrice Dawson .... dress designer
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical director
 
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Doreen Soan .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
91 min | USA:85 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1958) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12 (DVD: director's audio commentary) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) (2011) | USA:Approved (PCA #18535) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Although Peter Cushing reprised his role as John Rollason from "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (#6.5)" (1955), Forrest Tucker replaced Stanley Baker as Tom Friend in the film version. The only other actors to reprise their roles from the original television version are Arnold Marlé (The Lhama) and Wolfe Morris (Kusang).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Following McNee's fall, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. Although the bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site, immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee fleeing down the actual mountain reveal boots on both his feet.See more »
Quotes:
[Kusang has run off]
Ed Shelley:Find him?
Dr. Tom Friend:No, but I found something else.
Ed Shelley:What's that?
Dr. Tom Friend:One of your traps all broken apart!
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Big Game XXIX: Bugs vs. Daffy (2001) (TV)See more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Terror at the top of the world, 6 June 2002
Author: Gregory Smith (pv71989) from Fort Worth, Texas

Another great thriller from Hammer Films and another in a long line of British horror flick in which Man turns out to be a bigger menace than the monsters.

Peter Cushing plays a botanist who uses a scientific expedition to Nepal as an excuse to further study rumors of the Yeti, better known as the Abominable Snowman. He is so intrigued that he joins a climbing expedition led by an unscrupulous American businessman played by Forrest Tucker (in his pre-"F-Troop" days). Arnold Marle is especially effective as the leader of the monastery where Cushing has been studying. He tries to warn off Cushing and Tucker and seems to know more about the Yeti than he lets on, especially since he can read both men like books.

Cushing, as always, is superb. Tucker is excellent, here playing essentially a boorish American bad guy as opposed to some of the unconvincing good guys he played in later films. Tucker and Cushing play off each other very well and you can almost see Cushing's dander rising for having joined up with what he calls a "fairground trickster."

What works best here, as opposed to American films, is that the producers decided not to actually show the Abominable snowmen. You hear the growls of the Yeti, even seen an arm, but not until the end do you truly comprehend just what the Yeti might be. Even then, much is left to the imagination.

The story is well-paced as members of the expedition slowly descend into a fit of fear and madness, fighting one another while foolishly clinging to the same personality traits that caused it in the first place.

By the end of the film, the viewer is left wondering who is really the monster.

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