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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | 31 December 1964 (USA)
When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Adam Beauchamp
Ronald Howard ... John Bray
... Alexander King
Jeanne Roland ... Annette Dubois
... Hashmi Bey
... Sir Giles Dalrymple
John Paul ... Inspector Mackenzie
Dickie Owen ... The Mummy (Ra-Antef)
Jill Mai Meredith ... Jenny
... Achmed
... Fred
Jimmy Gardner ... Fred's Mate
Vernon Smythe ... Jessop
... Bey's Landlady
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When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and sarcophagus back to England for tour and display. Once there, someone with murderous intent has discovered the means of waking the centuries dead prince... Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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This was released as a double bill with The Gorgon (1964). See more »

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At the public showing of the mummy, the audience was shown a film about finding the tomb and contents. The film was in full color, a process that had not been perfected in 1900, when the film was set. See more »

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Alexander King: I must take you into my confidence and warn you. There is a curse which says that all persons present at the opening of a Pharaoh's coffin and who gaze at the face of the mummy therein, shall die. You have been WARNED!
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Followed by The Mummy's Shroud (1967) See more »

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Barcarolle
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from "The Tales of Hoffman"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Len Stevens
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Another Great Hammer Film, This Time With a Mummy
8 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

On an Egyptian expedition, a group of British explorers stumble across the hidden tomb of the pharaoh Ra (yes, I know, quite original). But once they bring him back to England for exhibition, they find the tomb to be empty. Did someone steal this priceless specimen or is the curse real, with a lumbering corpse walking the streets of London ready to kill those who disturbed his rest? Has a good mummy film been made in thirty years? I can't think of a recent one, "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraser really isn't all that great. The 90s were not mummy-friendly. The 80s? Not so much. Vampires, zombies... no problem. Even werewolves get the occasional bone tossed to them ("Dog Soldiers"). Where are the mummies? I don't know. But I do know you can find one seriously cool mummy in this film.

The actual mummy doesn't appear until the third act, with about twenty minutes left. We are instead treated to the conflicts, deceptions and internal politics of these competing archaeologists. And, believe it or not, this works. A good plot is unraveled with interesting characters... Hammer Studios didn't use the usual cast (sorry, Lee and Cushing) but gave us others that are equally capable. A romance blossoms that pays off later on in the film.

Mummy films are interesting, or at least this one is, if thought of as a moral tale about invading and desecrating a foreign culture. Sure, we can talk of a curse that kills those who disturb a mummy's rest. But how often do Egyptians dig up their own kings? It's more often... the Brits. So, there's something of a moral suggesting the Brits, a dominant empire, shouldn't be meddling in the affairs of weaker nations, stealing their heritage for monetary gain. Would the Brits want Egyptians digging up William the Conqueror? (Then again, maybe they would.) Things take a bizarre turn later on that you'll have to see to believe. One of the archaeologists is not who he says he is. And yes, you really ought to see this film. I watched it courtesy of the Icons of Horror box set featuring four classic Hammer films, and I can now say that all four are worth watching, and even owning. Hammer knew horror, and some of their gems at the time make today's horror look silly in comparison. Until a better mummy film comes along (and I've been waiting decades) this is the one to see.


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