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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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Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mummy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£125,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the scenes of Kharis' tongue cut out, and shotgun demise were more graphic, but were trimmed for the British censor. See more »

Goofs

When Kharis is brought back to life as a mummy, he is in a standing position. In the flashback scenes, Kharis is shown to have been buried alive and, without food or water sealed in a wall crypt, he would almost certainly have collapsed before he died and thus should not have been standing when reanimated thousands of years later. See more »

Quotes

Isobel Banning: John isn't it time you going to bed... What's the matter?
John Banning: It's extraordinary! I've never noticed it before, but with your hair like that you are the image of Ananka.
Isobel Banning: Am I?
John Banning: She was considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
Isobel Banning: Oh!, I am flattered!
John Banning: Mind you, the world wasn't so big then.
Isobel Banning: Oh, don't spoil it, John.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »

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Another Great Horror Movie by Hammer Directed by Terence Fisher
10 October 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In1895, in Egypt, the British archaeologists John Banning (Peter Cushing), his father Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) and his uncle Joseph Whemple (Raymond Huntley) discover the tomb of Princess Ananka (Yvonne Furneaux). Stephen finds inside the tomb The Scroll of Life and reads it, awaking The Mummy of Anaka's keeper and former lover Kharis (Christopher Lee). He has a heart attack and goes insane. The Egyptian Mehemet Bey (George Pastell) that worships Ananka steals the scroll and controls The Mummy. Three years later, in England, Stephen is an intern in a mental institution and John has married his fiancée Isobel. However the fanatic Mehemet decides to use The Scroll of Life to revenge those that have desecrated Anaka's tomb. The Mummy attacks Stephen and Joseph; however, when The Mummy attacks John, Isobel that resembles Ananka saves her husband. But will she be saved from The Mummy?

"The Mummy" is another great horror movie by Hammer directed by Terence Fisher. The remake of the 1932 Universal's "The Mummy" is creepier, with the dirty bandages since he has fallen off into the bog. In addition, the beauty of Yvonne Furneaux is impressive as well the lack of chemistry with Peter Cushing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Múmia" ("The Mummy")

Note: On 24 Nov 2018, I saw this film again.


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