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The Mummy (1959)


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Mummy (1959)

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90 min (Italy) August 1959 (Japan)

Library synopsis: [En] The plot has as Kharis, an Egyptian priest mutilated and executed for loving the Queen Anaka (). When the Queen’s tomb is desecrated by a team of Egyptologists, led by Aylmer, the priest comes back to life to protect her and destroy the vandals, but he recognizes the wife of Aylmer’s son (Cushing) as the exact lookalike of his own long-lost lover and his passion again brings about his destruction. Written by Phil Hardy

Director:

Cult stars: , Peter Cushing, ,

Cult relevance index: 8.4 / 10

Note: Although intended as a remake of The Mummy (1932), the film’s plot and most of its principle characters are taken from The Mummy’s Hand (1940) and The Mummy’s Tomb (1942).  |  The squibs used when Peter Cushing shot left burn marks for weeks. Lee also threw his back out carrying the girl.  |  Referenced in Gorgo (1961), Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), The Tomb (1986).  |  Followed by The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964), The Mummy’s Shroud (1967), Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971).  |  Remake of The Mummy (1932), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942).  |  References The Mummy’s Ghost (1944).

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Essential inner links and references

The House of Hammer [UK / Vol. 2 - Nr. 10 - July 1978] (cm)  |  Star Ciné Cosmos [France / A. 2 - Nr. 16 - 5 May 1962] (pn)  |  The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Horror [UK / 1996] (bk)  |  Fragments of Fear [UK / 1995] (bk)  |  Quatermass – Antologia del Cine Fantastico Britanico [Spain / Nr. 6 - Summer 2004] (bk)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 10 - March 1975] (fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 120 - Le Gothique a L'Anglo-Saxonne] (fz)

Hammer

The Hammer Story [UK / 1997] (bk)  | Hammer & Dintorni [Italy / June 1990] (bk)  |  House of Horror – The Complete Hammer Films Story [UK / 1973] (bk)  |  Amarcord [Italy / A. 2 - Nr. 7 - March-April 1997] (mg)  |  Exciting Cinema [UK / Vol. 2 - Nr. 1 - 1972] (mg)  |  Quatermass – Antologia del Cine Fantastico Britanico [Spain / Nr. 6 - Summer 2004] (bk)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 3 - Nr. 25 - October 1973](mg)  |  Midnight Marquee [USA / Nr. 54 - Summer 1997] (mg)  |  Midnight Marquee [USA / Nr. 54 - Summer 1997] (mg)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 124 - Hammer, Amicus, Tigon] (fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 118 - Les Crossovers Cinematographiques] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 4 - July 1973] (fz)  |  The House That Hammer Built [Full series] (fz)  |  Dark Terrors [Full series] (fz)

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CertificationItaly:VM14 / Spain:-13 / Finland:(Banned) (1960) / USA:Unrated / West Germany:16 / UK:X / Canada:PG
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Release dateJapan August 1959 | UK 25 September 1959 | Sweden 2 November 1959 | USA 16 December 1959 | France 30 December 1959 | West Germany 31 December 1959 | Italy 8 January 1960 (Palermo) (Supercinema) | Mexico 21 January 1960 | Finland 23 July 1986 (TV premiere)
Also known asThe Mummy UK (original title) | La momia Mexico / Spain | A Múmia Portugal A múmia Hungary | Die Mumie Austria | Die Rache der Pharaonen West Germany | La malédiction des pharaons France | La mummia Italy | Mumia Poland | Mumiens hämnd Sweden | Muumio Finland | Muumion kosto Finland | O vrykolakas ton pyramidon Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) | Terror of the Mummy UK (working title)
Filming locationsBray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire, England, UK (studio) | Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK (Princess Ananka's Funeral) (studio)
Box office/businessSpain - Gross: € 3.076,90 (recalculed) | Admissions: 15.518 || Filming Dates: 23 February 1959 - 16 April 1959
Production company
Distribution companyUniversal Pictures (1959) (USA) (theatrical) | Universal (Italy) (theatrical) | Universal Films Española S.A. (Spain) (theatrical) | Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1972) (USA) (TV) (network premiere) | Warner Home Video (1987) (USA) (VHS) | Warner Home Video (1992) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Warner Home Video (2001) (USA) (DVD) | Warner Home Video (2002) (USA) (VHS) | Mainostelevisio (MTV3) (1986) (2004) (Finland) (TV) | Filmways Media S.L. (2008) (Spain) (DVD) | Impulso Records S.L. (2010) (Spain) (DVD) | Warner Home Video (Germany) (DVD) | Warner Home Video (Hammer Films Horror Collection) (Germany) (DVD) | Terror Vision (UK) (VHS) | Warner Home Video (Hammer Horror Originals Box) (UK) (DVD) | Free-TV: Canale 5 19.05.1997 | Free-TV: BAYERN 3 09.08.1990 (Germany) | Free-TV: Kabel 1 21.03.2004 (Germany) | Free-TV: PRO 7 02.10.1993 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Premiere - P5 03.01.2003 (Germany) | Pay-TV: TNT Film 25.07.2010 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Turner Classic Movies 11.06.2009 (Germany)
RuntimeUSA: 88 min | Italy: 90 min | France: 88 min | Spain: 87 min
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording) | Color: Color (Technicolor) | Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1 | Laboratory: Technicolor | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical | Printed film format: 35 mm

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