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The Mummy (1959)

Unrated | | Adventure, Horror | 16 December 1959 (USA)
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... John Banning
Christopher Lee ... The Mummy / Kharis
Yvonne Furneaux ... Isobel Banning / Princess 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 Gerald Lawson ... Irish Customer
Willoughby Gray ... Dr. Reilly
John Stuart ... Coroner
David Browning David Browning ... Police Sergeant
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Storyline

In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes the mummy to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past. Written by J-26

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Its evil look brings MADNESS! Its evil spell ENSLAVES! Its evil touch KILLS KILLS KILLS! See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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Trivia

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 Pictures (then Universal International) allowing them to do remakes of their classic horror films. In this film, for example, the agreement with Universal International allowed them to use the name Kharis. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, a sign outside of the British pub in the story says it's The Gardeners Arms Pub, but later in the story Inspector Mulrooney calls it The Red Lion. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »

Connections

Remake of The Mummy's Hand (1940) See more »

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Magnificent rendition of the ¨Mummy¨ legend from Hammer Productions
10 April 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Archeologists seeking lost tomb of Egyptian princess when a mummy is revived after thousand of years . An ancient Egyptian mummy is awakened from his centuries-old sleep when a royal tomb is desecrated . The very deadly mummy (Christopher Lee) takes avenge on some archaeologist (Felix Aylmer and his son played by Peter Cushing) who desecrated the tomb of his beloved princess (Ivonne Furneaux in double role ) . They go back to England and those consequences , to everyone's regret . The mummy slipping into English swamps where soon strangling people , meanwhile a Police Inspector(Eddie Byrnes) is investigating the strange deeds . However , the mummy attacks and suddenly stops when believes Furneaux is reincarnation of ancient sweet heart .

Horror Hammer classic with effective atmosphere , sense of awe and wonder along with fine performances . Entertaining blend of thrills , chills , drama and action . Remarkable makeup and eerie scenes make it chilling and frightening . Peter Cushing is terrifying as obstinate archaeologist who is attacked by the mummy incarnated by Christopher Lee holding a heavy makeup. Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by usual Hammer cameraman Jack Asher . The motion picture is well directed by Terence Fisher . Rating : Better than average , it's high-power entertaining . Superb atmosphere , flavorful music , make this one of the best terror movies from Hammer , using intelligence and interesting dialogue rather than guts and blood to horrify its audience . In spite of its age this all time classic has lost none of its qualities. It's followed by ¨Mummy's shroud¨(1967) also produced by Hammer Films, directed by John Gilling with Andre Morell and Elizabeth Sellars.

Other pictures about Mummy character are the following : the Universal classic (1933)¨The mummy¨ by Karl Freund with Boris Karloff and David Manners , that ahead many follow-ups as sequels as ¨¨Mummy's hand (1940) with Dick Foran and Cecil Kallaway . And modern updating full of computer generator FX as ¨The mummy¨(1999) by Stephen Sommers with Brendan Fraser , Rachel Weisz , John Hanna and ¨Mummy returns¨with similar players.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP125,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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