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The Mummy (1959)

 -  Horror  -  16 December 1959 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Yvonne Furneaux ...
Isobel / Ananka
Eddie Byrne ...
Inspector Mulrooney
Felix Aylmer ...
Raymond Huntley ...
George Pastell ...
Michael Ripper ...
Poacher
George Woodbridge ...
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Harold Goodwin ...
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Denis Shaw ...
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Gerald Lawson ...
Irish Customer
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Dr. Reilly
John Stuart ...
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David Browning ...
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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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Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star as an ancient evil is unleashed on the world. See more »

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16 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Christopher Lee's mummy walk isn't entirely acting. Besides the injuries to his back and shoulder noted above, he also injured his knees and shins while doing scenes in the studio-tank "swamp" - he couldn't see where the various pipes and fittings under the swampy water were. See more »

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When the mummy - supposedly wrapped in ancient strips of cloth from thousands of years ago - breaks into the padded cell at the asylum and kills Stephen Banning, after he finishes the murder, he turns around revealing a clear seam in the costume were the zipper is. See more »

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John Banning: Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the dead
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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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