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The Abominable Snowman (1957)

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A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

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Val Guest

Writer:

Nigel Kneale (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Forrest Tucker ... Tom Friend
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Rollason
Maureen Connell ... Helen Rollason
Richard Wattis ... Peter Fox
Robert Brown ... Ed. Shelley
Michael Brill Michael Brill ... McNee
Wolfe Morris Wolfe Morris ... Kusang
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Lhama (as Arnold Marle)
Anthony Chinn ... Majordomo (as Anthony Chin)
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Storyline

At a remote lamasery in the Himalayas, scientist John Rollason studies rare mountain herbs with the help of his wife Helen, and associate Peter, while awaiting the arrival of an American named Tom Friend. Over Helen's objections and warnings by the High Lama, he sets out with Friend on an expedition to find the elusive Yeti, accompanied by another American named Shelley and a young Scotsman, McNee, who claims to have seen the thing. Footprints are found in the snows and McNee seems queerly affected the closer they get to their quarry's likely habitat but the biggest shock to Rollason is discovering Friend is a showman who only intends to exploit their find, with Shelley his game hunter/marksman. The conflict between science and commercialism only increases when an enormous anthropoid is shot, and the horror only increases as the party realizes the other Yeti intend to retrieve their fallen comrade and have powers to do so which seem extra-human. Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Taglines:

Demon-prowler of the mountain shadows...Dreaded man-beast of Tibet...The terror of all that is human See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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Details

Official Sites:

Hammer Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American distributors paired this film as a double feature with The Crawling Eye (1958), which also starred Forrest Tucker. See more »

Goofs

Half of the cast is filmed smoking in scenes. At 30,000 feet elevation smoking would send you fainting dead away. See more »

Quotes

Lhama: They are in danger, all of them, from their own actions.
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Crazy Credits

Hammer shot this in an anamorphic widescreen process which they credited as "Hammerscope." When it was released in the United States, the promotional material credited it as "Regalscope." See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. home video release by Anchor Bay uses the uncut British version. See more »

Connections

Remake of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (1955) See more »

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Movie bored me as a kid, but looks great now.
24 December 2006 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

I can remember barely being able to keep my eyes open watching this on a late night horror movie show, because it's not a movie for kids. Didn't realize that then, and so I always remembered it as being a pretty weak film. However, a viewing of the widescreen laserdisc version left me with a strong impression of a very fine adult feature that is more a thriller than a horror film. It lives up to the reputation of Hammer during this period, and of course that of Peter Cushing as the premier actor of the studio. Even Forrest Tucker's typical heavy-handed hamminess cannot take away from this absorbing tale of scientific endeavor clashing with crass commercialism, with a creature of an intellect that bests the men chasing it. I must say that the whole mental telepathy plot point was completely missed upon first viewing, but then I was only 10 at the time, however it now makes all the sense in the world.


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