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October 1957 (USA) See more »
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The more Hammer movies I watch the more I am impressed by this legendary studio. 'The Abominable Snowman' is a great example of their originality and versatility. See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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:
Jack Easton ... Yeti (uncredited)
Fred Johnson ... Yeti (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... Yeti (uncredited)
John Rae ... Yeti-eyes (uncredited)

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
Edward Marshall  (as Ted Marshall)
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser
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
Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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91 min | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)
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) (uncredited) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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In 2013 it was announced that Matthew Read and Jon Croker were scripting a modern take on the story for Hammer Films, with Ben Holden producing.See more »
Continuity: Following McNee's injury, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. The bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site and he's seen leaving his left boot inside the tent. But immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee ascending the mountain reveal boots on both his feet, while in all closeups the left boot is still absent.See more »
Ed Shelley:[Very excitedly] The size of 'em! You wouldn't grasp the speed that they could move!See more »
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The more Hammer movies I watch the more I am impressed by this legendary studio. 'The Abominable Snowman' is a great example of their originality and versatility., 8 May 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Hammer studios made a variety of films for many years before they struck gold with horror movies. One of their first steps in that direction was 'The Quatermass Xperiment', directed by Val Guest and written by Nigel Kneale who adapted his own highly successful TV production. A couple of years later Guest and Kneale did the same again with 'Quatermass 2'. Both were science fiction with some horror, and both were very, very good. Guest and Kneale had an uneasy relationship ("relationship" is probably not even the right word, Guest said he only ever met Kneale a few times), but they collaborated once again on 'The Abominable Snowman'. Despite the title it isn't a monster movie, it's more of an adventure tale with some mysticism and philosophical touches. It was successful commercially, but coming out just before the one-two punch of 'Curse Of Frankenstein' and 'Dracula' (the two movies that really put Hammer on the map) has meant it has all but been forgotten today. When people list the best of Hammer you rarely if ever see 'The Abominable Snowman' mentioned, which is a shame. It's consistently interesting, well acted, stylish and suspenseful. Sadly I haven't seen Kneale's original TV version ('The Creature') so I can't compare the two, but I really enjoyed this movie, especially the performance from Peter Cushing, soon to become a Hammer legend. Forrest Tucker is best known to people of my generation for his comic role in the popular 1960s sitcom 'F Troop'. Pairing him with Cushing might seem an odd choice at first but it really works. Their contrasting styles play off each other, and Tucker is perfect for the role of the ambitious Tom Friend. There's also a good supporting performance from Robert Brown, who later appeared as a caveman in Hammer's 'One Million Years BC'. Later still in the 1980s he played M in several Bond movies. The more Hammer movies I watch the more I am impressed by this legendary studio. "Hammer House Of Horror" yes, but also so much more. 'The Abominable Snowman' is a great example of their originality and versatility.

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