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The Mummy (1959)

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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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Torn from the tomb to terrify the world! See more »


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Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA)  »

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The Mummy  »

Box Office


£125,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Peter Cushing (John Banning), Christopher Lee (Kharis / The Mummy) and Felix Aylmer all previously appeared in Hamlet (1948), in which they played Osric, a Spear Carrier and Polonius respectively. 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 »


John Banning: Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the dead
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Almost as good as Universal's 'The Mummy'. Features a terrific performance from Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee makes a menacing Mummy, even more powerful and threatening than Karloff's.
3 May 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

When Hammer started making horror movies in the 1950s that were inspired by some of the classic Universal movies of the 1930s they had to tread carefully. Universal threatened legal action if they copied the makeup of their Frankenstein's monster for example, which is the reason the Monster (played by Christopher Lee) looked quite different to Karloff's in Hammer's 'Curse Of Frankenstein'(1957). By the time they made 'The Mummy' two years later some kind of understanding had been entered into and this movie, though it isn't credited as such, and the characters names have been changed, is pretty much a remake of the 1932 Universal classic which starred Boris Karloff. Once again Lee plays the Karloff role, except a second character played by George Castell has been created for this version, so we don't get to see Lee without his bandages, apart from a brief flashback sequence. Peter Cushing plays the leading man role, an archaeologist who is initially sceptical but soon must accept the existence of the Mummy. Yvonne Furneaux plays Cushing's devoted wife who is also a dead ringer for Princess Ananka, the woman the Mummy loved centuries earlier. Furneaux is probably best remembered for playing Catherine Deneuve's sister in Polanski's classic 'Repulsion', and also appeared in another sixties art film classic Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita'. Cushing gives a terrific performance as usual. I've yet to see a Hammer movie where he didn't. Lee makes a menacing Mummy, even more powerful and threatening than Karloff's. Though I still love the original version of 'The Mummy' this one is almost as good. In fact it's very difficult to choose one over the other. Both come with my highest recommendations and wipe the floor with the recent tongue in cheek versions starring Brendan Fraser et al. It's a pity that Hammer didn't make more Mummy movies starring Cushing and Lee. I do however highly recommend Hammer's 'Blood From The Mummy's Tomb', even though it has no connection to 'The Mummy' and doesn't feature either actor.

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