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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It Snaps Men's Spines Like Matchsticks See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Stephen Banning's (Felix Aylmer's) nursing home room is a set recycled from The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959). The swamp set was previously used in Yesterday's Enemy (1959). See more »

Goofs

While Kharis is attempting to bring Princess Ananka back to life whilst reading from the Scroll of Life, Ananka's eyelids move. This shows that the spell was beginning to work. See more »

Quotes

Isobel Banning: Put me down. Kharis, put me down!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doctor Who: The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb (2012) See more »

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A must see for horror fans
12 October 2003 | by metaldamsSee all my reviews

Far superior to the Brendan Fraser version, which relies too heavily on sterile computerized special FX. Comparing it to the classic 1932 Boris Karloff version, as so many people are doing, I feel is unfair. Karloff is not seen much in bandaged form choking people, but instead, in the Ardeth Bay persona. The Hammer Mummy has a lot more in common with the four Mummy movies Universal made in the 40's, (bandaged mummy chokes people out, the high priest out for revenge, etc.), and while those movies are fun, they don't compare to this one. Simply put, Tom Tyler and Lon Chaney, Jr. are not given the chance to pantomime with as much emotion as Christopher Lee, (kind of ironic when you consider the latter's father was the king of pantomime). Through all of the muddy bandages, there are still glimpses of human expression in Lee's eyes.

Beautiful color and well paced, I highly recommend this movie..............


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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:

GBP125,000 (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:

1.37 : 1
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