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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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Another success for Hammer studios! See more (58 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)

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)
 

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Runtime:
86 min | USA:88 min
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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:
Although intended as a remake of The Mummy (1932) (1932), the film's plot and most of its principle characters are taken from The Mummy's Hand (1940) (1940) and The Mummy's Tomb (1942) (1942). The 1932 film's famous and early scene of the sight of the mummy walking across the tomb floor driving a member of the archaeological team insane is recreated here but not seen in any of the 1940s series; the finale of 1944's The Mummy's Ghost (1944) is also interpolated into this picture's plot, albeit with a somewhat different outcome. Despite all this, there is no credit to any preexisting source material at all.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Another success for Hammer studios!, 17 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

After their first successes with takes on famous stories, hammer's finest trio teamed up again to make this delightful take on the legend of an Egyptian mummy, imaginatively titled 'The Mummy'. Peter Cushing is an actor that needs no introduction as he has carried many a Hammer horror production and forever engraved himself in the minds of horror fans across the globe. His performance in this film isn't his finest ever (or even his finest under Terence Fisher), but it's more than solid and, to be honest, Peter Cushing is one of the few actors that could just spend the running time doing nothing and still have this horror fan riveted, such is the power of his screen presence. Christopher Lee has proved himself as the successor to both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi on a number of occasions with his portrayals of the classic monsters, and although he's never surpassed the great masters; this is another of those occasions. Of course, the one and only Terence Fisher direct the film. Fisher is an under-appreciated director in the horror genre as, although he hasn't done much outside of Hammer, the films he made for Hammer are what have gone on to be some of their most respected classics. This is another one.

The film looks great, and despite the fact that it's low budget and was shot well over forty years ago, the colours and locations still bode well, and give the film a fresh feel. The Hammer style camp feeling is very much on display in The Mummy, and for the Hammer fan; that can only be a good thing. The Egypt setting marks a nice departure for the team, as up until this point, audiences had only seen them together in more urban settings. To be honest, aside from Boris Karloff's performance, I didn't much like the Universal classic. I don't hesitate, therefore, to label this film superior in every respect other than the lead. This version of the story is handled in a way that is much easier to like than Karl Freud's version. The story itself is a more than interesting one, and ties in the intrigue of the Egyptian civilisation, with themes of modern society breaking their sacred code to have a museum full of relics, which is really quite thought-provoking.

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