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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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DEMON-PROWLER OF MOUNTAIN SHADOWS... 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clarion Films,Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Following McNee's injury, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. The bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site and he's seen leaving his left boot inside the tent. But immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee ascending the mountain reveal boots on both his feet, while in all closeups the left boot is still absent. See more »

Quotes

Dr. John Rollason: This creature may have an affinity for man, something in common with ourselves. Let's remember that before we start shooting.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Big Game XXIX: Bugs vs. Daffy (2001) See more »

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Go Yeti!
18 February 2008 | by armandcbrisSee all my reviews

I just stumbled across a copy of this film recently on DVD, and consider it a very good find.

Since a kid, I've had a (somewhat) continuing fascination with Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Abominable Snowman, etc. However, this is the first time I've come across a film that treats the subject intelligently, and with more thought than just providing a simple scare. This film was well acted, written (intelligently so) and directed, and created a genuine sense of suspense, and maintained an eerie mood throughout. You don't see the creatures full-on, but that's to the film's benefit and better over-all effect to those watching, especially in the almost film noir use of black and white photography.

This is no cheap monster quickie, or faux documentary (though I like some of those too), and though fairly low budget, it's still good.

So basically, I'd have to say this is the best film about the Abominable Snowman (or Bigfoot-like creature) I've seen. Like the Yeti...seek it out!


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