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(1959)

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Christopher Lee's mummy walk isn't entirely acting. Besides the injuries to his back and shoulder noted above, he also injured his knees and shins while doing scenes in the studio-tank "swamp" - he couldn't see where the various pipes and fittings under the swampy water were.
A door that Christopher Lee must crash through was accidentally bolted by a grip before the scene is shot. Lee's shoulder was dislocated when he broke down the door, but the shot remains in the movie.
Hammer Films had already done remakes of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Horror of Dracula (1958). This was the first film made after Hammer reached an official agreement with Universal (then Universal International) allowing them to do remakes of their classic horror films. In this film, for example, the agreement with Universal allowed them to use the name "Kharis".
The squibs used when Peter Cushing shot Christopher Lee left burn marks for weeks. Lee also threw his back out carrying the girl.
This is the only Hammer film in which Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Michael Ripper all appear.
Although intended as a remake of The Mummy (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). 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 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.
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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.
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The film takes place in 1895 and 1898.
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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.
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Stephen Banning's nursing home room is a set recycled from The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959). The swamp set was previously used in Yesterday's Enemy (1959).
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In Spain was released in 1960 in Madrid and Barcelona. In 1993, for your TV premiere was a new dubbing. And in 2016 was a re-release in Barcelona (Phenomena) for 1 day in subtitled version and 35 mm. copy.
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Originally the scenes of Kharis' tongue cut out, and shotgun demise were more graphic, but were trimmed for the British censor.
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In Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994), Peter Cushing claimed that he suggested the scene in which he drives a spear through the mummy. He was inspired by the pre-release poster which shows the mummy with a shaft of light passing through it.
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A glass fiber replica of a sarcophagus created for the film is in the collection of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery
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The film was distributed in the U.S. in 1959 on a double bill with either the The Bat (1959) or Curse of the Undead (1959).
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Body count 5 (excluding the flashback where dozens are killed during Ananka's burial).
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