The Mummy (1959)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  16 December 1959 (USA)
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isobel / Ananka
Eddie Byrne ...
Inspector Mulrooney
Felix Aylmer ...
Raymond Huntley ...
George Pastell ...
Michael Ripper ...
George Woodbridge ...
Police Constable
Harold Goodwin ...
Denis Shaw ...
Gerald Lawson ...
Irish Customer
Dr. Reilly
John Stuart ...
David Browning ...
Police Sergeant


In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes the mummy to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Its evil look brings MADNESS! Its evil spell ENSLAVES! Its evil touch KILLS KILLS KILLS! See more »


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Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA)  »

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The Mummy  »

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£125,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


A door that Christopher Lee must crash through was accidentally bolted by a grip before the scene is shot. Lee's shoulder was dislocated when he broke down the door, but the shot remains in the movie. See more »


While Kharis is attempting to bring Princess Ananka back to life whilst reading from the Scroll of Life, Ananka's eyelids move. This shows that the spell was beginning to work. See more »


Poacher: I've seen the likes tonight that mortal eyes shouldn't look at.
Irish Customer: You've been around to Molly Grady's again.
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Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »

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influential and fun cheapie from my buddies at Hammer
8 September 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

The Mummy capped off an impressive initial run of horror movies from Hammer Studios. Believe it or not, it was mostly downhill from here; the company's subsequent efforts tended to be tackier and cheesier. But the "big three" (Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy) are all solid horror flicks with, oddly enough, some of the most crisp and colorful photography I've ever seen.

There are some weaknesses here, though. The Egypt flashback waffles on for quite a while, and then we get ANOTHER flashback when Banning Sr. resurrects the mummy. However, the beginning and ending are well-paced and exciting, so most sins are forgiven. Lee's Mummy is spectacular; he's goddamn huge, and it's very impressive to watch him crashing through doors and French windows, absorbing shotgun blasts as if they were pinpricks (I hear Lee actually got injured several times making this movie; I can't say I'm surprised!)

My favorite scene is the ideological debate between the Egyptian badguy (a very cool performance by George Pastell) and Peter Cushing's snooty archaeologist character. Their heated exchange adds a bit of texture to the story and even makes me sympathetic to the villain's POV. However, subtext goes out the window again for the violent final confrontation.

On a side note, the exceedingly brilliant BBC show Doctor Who practically remade this movie twice. The episode "Tomb of the Cybermen" features Pastell as a guest star in a story involving an ill-fated archaeological dig, and "Pyramids of Mars" once again pits a hapless poacher against killer mummies. Just thought I'd mention it.

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