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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:
Yvonne Furneaux ...
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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Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mummy  »

Box Office


£125,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The squibs used when Peter Cushing shot Christopher Lee left burn marks for weeks. Lee also threw his back out carrying the girl. See more »


Princess Ananka's mummy's death mask has closed eyes. In reality, the eyes of an ancient Egyptian mummy mask are wide open because the Egyptians wanted their dead to be able to see and hear in the afterlife. See more »


John Banning: Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the dead
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Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »


Referenced in The Tomb (1986) See more »

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User Reviews

Very good movie
8 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This forgotten Hammer classic is wonderful. I like it better than the 1932 version and much better than the awful 1999 version. The start of and end of the movie are very solid. They did a great job building suspense by holding back the appearance of The Mummy until well in the movie. Christopher Lee's Mummy costume was a sight to see. It was very well done. Peter Cushing did a solid job as John Banning and Yvonne Furneaux was lovely.

This movie was not very campy but it had just enough. I loved watching The Mummy's first appearance.

The Egypt scenery was a nice touch to the film. It was clean and bright. This made it look almost like a fantasy sequence.

The only negative is the flashback scene. That was way too long and got a little boring. This movie is a slight drop from Horror of Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein, but it is still very good and a worthy addition into the Hammer family.

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