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The Mummy -- Three English archaeologists find the tomb of an Egyptian high priestess buried nearly four thousand years before. They discover a guard who had been buried alive with her.

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Director:
Writer:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Torn from the tomb to terrify the world! See more »
Plot:
In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Visually Beautiful, Very Moody--and a Lot of Fun See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... John Banning

Christopher Lee ... The Mummy / Kharis
Yvonne Furneaux ... Isobel / Ananka
Eddie Byrne ... Inspector Mulrooney
Felix Aylmer ... Stephen Banning
Raymond Huntley ... Joseph Whemple
George Pastell ... Mehemet Bey
Michael Ripper ... Poacher
George Woodbridge ... Police Constable
Harold Goodwin ... Pat
Denis Shaw ... Mike
Gerald Lawson ... Irish Customer

Willoughby Gray ... Dr. Reilly
John Stuart ... Coroner
David Browning ... Police Sergeant
Frank Sieman ... Bill
Stanley Meadows ... Attendant
Frank Singuineau ... Head Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Clarke ... Priest (uncredited)
John Harrison ... Priest (uncredited)
Frederick Rawlings ... (uncredited)
Roy Stewart ... Flashback slave (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Franz Reizenstein 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tom Walls .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... master carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Mick Lyons .... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Jock May .... sound recordist
Charles Bouvet .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound department (uncredited)
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
Alan Thorne .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan McDonald .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe mistress
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Chris Barnes .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... music supervisor
John Hollingsworth .... conductor (uncredited)
John Hollingsworth .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
Andrew Low .... technical adviser
Ken Gordon .... cashier (uncredited)
Arthur Kelly .... studio manager (uncredited)
Andrew Low .... egyptologist (uncredited)
Colin Reid .... publicist (uncredited)
Margaret Robinson .... mask maker: Egyptian masks (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
86 min | USA:88 min | USA:97 min (original release)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.77 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1997) (2003) (2013) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
John Banning:Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the deadSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) (V)See more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Visually Beautiful, Very Moody--and a Lot of Fun, 3 February 2008
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

England's Hammer Studios existed primarily as a distributor--until the low budget 1955 THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT suddenly put the studio on the map. Sensing an untapped market, Hammer began to develop similar titles and by the early 1960s developed a style that mixed Victorian sets and costumes with bouffant hairstyles, bared breasts, and lots of blood. The films were largely responsible for jolting the horror genre back to life on both sides of the Atlantic, as popular in the United States as they were in England.

Released in 1959, THE MUMMY was among Hammer's earliest color films and helped lay out the visual style that come to dominate "Hammer Horror" for more than a decade. Drawing from Universal's 1932 THE MUMMY and 1940 THE MUMMY'S HAND, it opens with a band of Victorian-era archaeologists in Egypt, where they discover the lost tomb of Princess Ananka--and in the process unleash a mummy cursed to guard her throughout eternity. It is a curse that follows the men back to England, where they are stalked to their deaths one by one.

Director Terence Fisher and cinematographer Jack Asher worked a number of Hammer films, including the earlier HORROR OF Dracula and REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Although some of the lighting may give you pause--judging from all the backlighting and colored filters it would seem the ancient Egyptians had mood lighting installed in their tombs--their efforts result in a series of truly arresting visuals; in their hands, bright color is no obstacle to moodiness. The cast plays it out extremely well, with the lovely Yvonne Furneaux a classic Hammer beauty, Peter Cushing as her archaeologist husband, and (yes, the posture and bearing really is unmistakable) Christopher Lee under wraps for the title role.

The DVD contains no extras beyond the original trailer, and although the transfer is not pristine it is nonetheless very good indeed. Hammer Horror may not save the world, but it is often a lot of fun--and THE MUMMY is easily among the studio's best. Recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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