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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.


Terence Fisher


Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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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


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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ALL NEW! IN TERRIFYING TECHNICOLOR (original U.S. print ad - all caps) See more »


Adventure | Horror


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Did You Know?


Peter Cushing (John Banning), Christopher Lee (Kharis / The Mummy) and Felix Aylmer (Stephen Banning) previously appeared in Hamlet (1948), in which they played Osric, a Spear Carrier and Polonius respectively. See more »


Princess Ananka's mummy's death mask has closed eyes. In reality, the eyes of an ancient Egyptian mummy mask are wide open because the Egyptians wanted their dead to be able to see and hear in the afterlife. See more »


John Banning: Seems I've spent the better part of my life amongst the dead.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1895 See more »


Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mummies (1996) See more »

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Magnificent rendition of the ¨Mummy¨ legend from Hammer Productions
10 April 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Archeologists seeking lost tomb of Egyptian princess when a mummy is revived after thousand of years . An ancient Egyptian mummy is awakened from his centuries-old sleep when a royal tomb is desecrated . The very deadly mummy (Christopher Lee) takes avenge on some archaeologist (Felix Aylmer and his son played by Peter Cushing) who desecrated the tomb of his beloved princess (Ivonne Furneaux in double role ) . They go back to England and those consequences , to everyone's regret . The mummy slipping into English swamps where soon strangling people , meanwhile a Police Inspector(Eddie Byrnes) is investigating the strange deeds . However , the mummy attacks and suddenly stops when believes Furneaux is reincarnation of ancient sweet heart .

Horror Hammer classic with effective atmosphere , sense of awe and wonder along with fine performances . Entertaining blend of thrills , chills , drama and action . Remarkable makeup and eerie scenes make it chilling and frightening . Peter Cushing is terrifying as obstinate archaeologist who is attacked by the mummy incarnated by Christopher Lee holding a heavy makeup. Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by usual Hammer cameraman Jack Asher . The motion picture is well directed by Terence Fisher . Rating : Better than average , it's high-power entertaining . Superb atmosphere , flavorful music , make this one of the best terror movies from Hammer , using intelligence and interesting dialogue rather than guts and blood to horrify its audience . In spite of its age this all time classic has lost none of its qualities. It's followed by ¨Mummy's shroud¨(1967) also produced by Hammer Films, directed by John Gilling with Andre Morell and Elizabeth Sellars.

Other pictures about Mummy character are the following : the Universal classic (1933)¨The mummy¨ by Karl Freund with Boris Karloff and David Manners , that ahead many follow-ups as sequels as ¨¨Mummy's hand (1940) with Dick Foran and Cecil Kallaway . And modern updating full of computer generator FX as ¨The mummy¨(1999) by Stephen Sommers with Brendan Fraser , Rachel Weisz , John Hanna and ¨Mummy returns¨with similar players.

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Release Date:

16 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


GBP125,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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