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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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See It With Someone Brave! -- A Timeless Terror to Freeze You to Your Seats! See more »

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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

Like the "Quatermass" films produced by Hammer, The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Quatermass 2 (1957) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967), this was based on one of Nigel Kneale's television dramas, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (1955). 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 »

Alternate Versions

This was released in the United States in an edited version as "The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas" (1957) with a running time of 85 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) See more »

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Good Hammer Peter Cushing thriller
26 August 1999 | by John35mmSee all my reviews

It's low-key, but typical of the fine horror movies Hammer put out in the 50s and 60s. Black-and-white is perfect for the atmosphere. I'm always glad to see a movie with terror working in your mind rather than splattered all over the screen. Note: Letterboxing for this film is a must, because many interactions between characters are positioned all the way left and right in the Hammerscope (2:35) aspect ratio: pan-and-scan couldn't keep up! The VHS copy was a crisp print with mono optical sound as good as you could ask for.

This isn't an action film by any means, but the story keeps it moving just enough. I'm so glad that letterboxing has taken off to showcase a good wider-screen horror classic like this.


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