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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 June 1955 (USA)
Two bumbling Americans stumble on the discovery of a lifetime when their search for a mummy leads them to a sacred medallion that holds the key to buried treasure.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Lee Loeb (story), John Grant (screenplay)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Pete Patterson
Lou Costello ... Freddie Franklin
Marie Windsor ... Madame Rontru
Michael Ansara ... Charlie
Dan Seymour ... Josef
Richard Deacon ... Semu
Kurt Katch ... Dr. Zoomer
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Hetsut
Mel Welles ... Iben
George Khoury George Khoury ... Habid
Eddie Parker ... Klaris (as Edwin Parker)
Mazzone-Abbott Dancers Mazzone-Abbott Dancers ... Dance Troupe (as The Mazzone-Abbott Dancers)
Chandra Kaly and His Dancers Chandra Kaly and His Dancers ... Dance Troupe
Peggy King ... Vocalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Native (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In Egypt Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered before they can return to America. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It has been said that a man's best friend is his mummy... See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The only Bud Abbott and Lou Costello movie filmed in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. "Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)" was filmed in 2.00:1. All previous movies were filmed in the standard 1.37:1 ratio. See more »

Goofs

Bud and Lou play back recordings on Dr. Zoomer's reel to reel tape recorder multiple times, but they never once rewind it. See more »

Quotes

Bud Abbott aka Peter Patterson: How stupid can you get?
Lou Costello aka Freddie Franklin: How stupid do you want me to be?
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Crazy Credits

In the final credits, the boys are listed with fake character names. Throughout the movie, they use their real names. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Hand (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Written by Bob Russell and John Benson Brooks
Sung by Peggy King
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With gags as dry as the dust in a mummy's pocket
24 October 2005 | by vandino1See all my reviews

This is the team's second to last film of a career that should have ended far sooner, or at least might have been better if their hack writing pal John Grant had been cut loose earlier. This one is another in their tepid horror-comedy cycle that is neither scary or funny, just horrifyingly bad. Perhaps it has an appeal to young children, but otherwise it is as painfully unfunny as they come. Every gag is stale; obviously Grant couldn't be bothered to even try at this point. You get the "Who's on First" retread with a pick and shovel, and you get the positively ancient snake charming routine as a running gag, and also the point-and-switch-stuff-on-the-table routine that is not only not funny but makes no sense. All this tired patter is surrounded by cheap sets and even cheaper-looking mummy costumes. A & C can't even be bothered to call each other by their character names half the time, using their own more than once. And a perfect example of the mindless agony of these two is the final scene wherein Costello arrives improperly dressed at the new nightclub then cleverly suits himself up---which elicits a startling slap to the face and angry shove by Abbott for no apparent reason. It's that kind of violent, ugly behavior consistently attached to Bud Abbott's "character" throughout his career with Costello that made this team so annoying to watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$738,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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