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October 1957 (USA) See more »
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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  (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
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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The film was originally to be called "The Snow Creature" before it was realized that director W. Lee Wilder had beaten them to it with The Snow Creature (1954).See more »
Continuity: It's day in the long shots, but then back to night in the close-ups of Forrest Tucker.See more »
Dr. Tom Friend:They killed him. It was the sound of that howling. He couldn't stand it - it drove him mad.See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Little Screen Time of Yeti is a Plus, 25 October 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Fabulous little implicit horror gem from Hammer Studios with subtle performances by Forrest Tucker and Peter Cushing. I was amazed to see how youthful looking Peter Cushing looked in this movie compared to just a few years later. Seemed to have come after The Curse of Frankenstein(1957) and The Horror of Dracula(1958). The Abominable Snowman(1957) looks at the notion of the yeti in an abstract manner. The legendary yeti in the film is given an ambiguous quality that makes them into a fearful presence. Intellgent film that could only have been done by the British for filmmakers of Hollywood(many of them) would not make a film richly deep with implicit fright and intellegence. When it comes to creating Science fiction flicks that are scary as well as intellegent the British filmmakers for the most part are bar none the best. Parts of the story reminds me of Frank Capra's Lost Horizon(1937) which also took place in the Himalayas mountains. Both The Abominable Snowman(1957) and Lost Horizon(1937) deal with ideas of spiritality and humanity. Peter Cushing as Dr. Rollason is a good counterpart to the money and fame hungry Dr. Friend played by Forrest Tucker. Peter Cushing gives a gentle and thoughtful performance that is uncharacteristic of the many roles he had for Hammer studios. Imaginating written by Quatermass creator, Nigel Kneale who is a master of suggestive terror. The Abominable Snowman(1957) is one of the main influences besides Cannibal Holocaust(1979) for Blair Witch Project(1999). Abominable Snowman(1957) is a more effective film in suggesting terror than Blair Witch Project(1999) for a couple of reasons. First, the former does show bits and pieces of the yeti which is more imaginative than not showing anything of the witch at all as the latter. Second, the fear and terror felt by the characters in The Abominable Snowman(1957) feels geniune unlike in Blair Witch Project where emotions of fear and terror feel manipulated and forced. An excellent motion picture for a someone like Val Guest whose career is filled with ups and downs. The Abominable Snowman(1957) ends on a thought provoking note about the Yeti as well as other intellegent metaphysical issues.

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