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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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Hammer's Beautifully Haunting Mummy See more (64 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Director of photography Jack Asher wanted to create the impression that the tomb had not been opened in thousands of years. So he had a crew member climb into the catwalks above the set to spray the air with water before each scene. As the water particles descended, they would take all the smoke and dust with them, leaving the air completely clear.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 »
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John Banning:Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the deadSee more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's Beautifully Haunting Mummy, 23 May 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Egyptian Mummies are fascinating creatures - yet I am sure that I'm not standing alone with the opinion that their representation in Horror cinema is a bit weak compared to other Horror creatures. And I don't mean to say that there were too few Mummy films made, but that great Mummy films are quite rare. The only Mummy film that I would really consider an absolute masterpiece is Karl Freund's brilliant "The Mummy" of 1932 starring Boris Karloff. While no other Mummy film has ever come close to the brilliance of the Karloff film, Hammer's 1959 re-telling of the story is easily my second-favorite of all Mummy films I've seen. After the success of "The Curse Of Frankenstein" (1957) and "Horror Of Dracula" (1958), two true Classics which revolutionized British Horror cinema, Hammer's dream-team, Horror-icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster and director Terence Fisher reunited for "The Mummy" (aka. "Terror Of The Mummy") in 1959. And while this is not quite as brilliant as the two aforementioned films, in my opinion, "The Mummy" is definitely a great and wonderfully picturesque Horror film that can easily be considered a Hammer Classic.

When British archaeologists, one of them John Banning (Peter Cushing) discover an ancient Egyptian tomb, they open the grave of a priestess who died 4000 years earlier. The desecration of the grave of the priestess unleashes a curse, which awakes the vengeful guard Kharis (Christopher Lee) who had been buried with the priestess... And what could be more entertaining for a lover of Gothic greatness than seeing a vengeful Egyptian Mummy haunt a Hammer-style Victorian England, even more so if this vengeful Mummy is played by none other than the all-mighty Christopher Lee? Lee himself once stated that this was his personal favorite of his Hammer films. It is hard to say why, as the role that initially earned him his status as one of Horror's all-time greatest was certainly that of Dracula; my guess is that he must have gotten tired of the Dracula role after a while. Yet it is more than understandable that Lee was fond of this film. "The Mummy" has a unique elegance in settings and colors, and some of the scenes, which I won't give away, are truly immortal moments of Gothic greatness. The equally great Peter Cushing is, as usual, brilliant in the role of the scientist John Banning. Director Fisher once again delivers the great trade-mark Hammer elements (foggy grounds, eerily luscious colors,...) in a particularly beautiful manner and Franz Reizenstein's score intensifies the gloomy atmosphere. All things considered out of Hammer's three original re-tellings of stories that had already been told in Universal Pictures in the 30s, "The Mummy" is not quite as essential as "Curse Of Frankenstein" and "Horror Of Dracula". It is, however, nonetheless a highly atmospheric, haunting, beautiful and downright great Gothic classic that no Horror fan can afford to miss!

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