1959 The Mummy

The Mummy - 1959

A Hammer film production released by Universal Pictures

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MPAA Approved Certificate 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios England 

Eastmancolour processed by Technicolor

88 mins


Egypt, 1895: An expedition led by archaeologist Stephen Banning unearths the last resting place of the ancient princess Ananka, but the old man is driven mad by something else hidden within the tomb. Three years later, a mysterious Egyptian, who has sworn vengeance on the members of the expedition for their act of desecration, arrives in rural England, bringing with him a large crate of "relics". The crate is lost when it falls from a cart into a bog and sinks, but that night the Egyptian returns to the scene and, unrolling a papyrus, begins to intone the sacred words of the Scroll of Life.....Watch the official trailer on YouTube


Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Editor Alfred Cox
Sound Recordist Jock May
Production Manager Don Weeks
Continuity Marjorie Lavelly
Assistant Director John Peverall
Wardrobe Mistress Molly Arbuthnot
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Henry Montsash
Special Effects Bill Warrington
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Technical Advisor Andrew Low
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Jack Asher, BSc
Music Composed by Frank Reizenstein
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Jimmy Sangster
Associate Producer Anthony Nelson-Keys
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Terence Fisher


John Banning Peter Cushing
The Mummy/Kharis Christopher Lee
Isobel/Ananka Yvonne Furneaux
Inspector Mulrooney Eddie Byrne
Stephen Banning Felix Aylmer
Joseph Whemple Raymond Huntley
Mehemet Bey George Pastell
Poacher Michael Ripper
Police Constable George Woodbridge
Pat Harold Goodwin
Mike Denis Shaw
Irish Customer Gerald Lawson
Dr Reilly Willoghby Grey
Coroner John Stuart
Police Sergeant David Browning
Bill Frank Sieman
Attendant Stanley Meadows
Head Porter Frank Singuineau


"The Mummy" had originally been made in 1932 from a screenplay by John L. Balderston, with Boris Karloff in the title role. Following the success of "Dracula" (1958), Universal were more than happy to hand over the script of their old classic to Hammer for similar treatment. 
The scene in which Peter Cushing plunges a spear right through the body of the mummy was not in Jimmy Sangster's original screenplay. It was added at Cushing's suggestion after he had seen the artwork for the film's poster, which showed a beam of light shining through a hole in the creature's stomach. 
Actor Eddie Byrne was no stranger to horror films. In 1958, he was in Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman's "Jack the Ripper" and later made two movies for Tom Blakely's Planet Films - "Devils of Darkness" (1964) and "Island of Terror" (1966, with Peter Cushing and directed by Terence Fisher).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection