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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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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1959 (USA) See more »
Torn from the tomb to terrify the world! See more »
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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influential and fun cheapie from my buddies at Hammer See more (72 total) »


  (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
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 .... musical 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

Production Companies
  • Hammer Films (present) (as Hammer Film Productions) (as A Hammer Film Production also)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
86 min | USA:88 min | USA:97 min (original release)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.77 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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

Did You Know?

This is the only Hammer film in which Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Michael Ripper all appear.See more »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mummies (1996) (V)See more »


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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
influential and fun cheapie from my buddies at Hammer, 8 September 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

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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