Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

USA, 1955
77m, 6957 ft, 2120 metres
35mm, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont.

Plot Summary

The discovery of an ancient medallion and the murder of an archaeologist lead two Americans in Egypt to an encounter with a mummy…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Charles Lamont
© MCMLV [1955] by Universal Pictures Company Inc
Universal-International presents
Produced by: Howard Christie
Screenplay by: John Grant
Story by: Lee Loeb
Assistant Director: Peter Bowles
Director of Photography: George Robinson
Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Music: Irving Gertz [uncredited], Henry Mancini [uncredited], Lou Maury [uncredited], Hans J. Salter [uncredited]
Song Performed by: Peggy King [uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Rosemary Odell
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St Oegger
Special Photography: Clifford Stine
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Bill Newberry
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, James M. Walters

Cast
Bud Abbott (Peter Patterson)
Lou Costello (Freddie Franklin)
Marie Windsor (Madame Rontru)
Michael Ansara (Charlie)
Dan Seymour (Josef)
Richard Deacon (Semu)
Kurt Katch (Dr Gustav Zoomer)
Richard Karlan (Hetsut)
Mel Welles (Iben)
George Khoury (Habid)
Edwin Parker (Klaris, the mummy)
The Mazzone Abbott Dancers
Chandra Kaly and His Dancers
Peggy King (vocalist)
Kenneth Alton, Kem Dibbs, Mitchell Kowall [policeman – uncredited]
Morris Ankrum
Jan Arvan [waiter – uncredited]
Carole Costello [flower girl – uncredited]
Ted Hecht
Donald Kerr [newspaperman – uncredited]
Sharon Lee [blonde – uncredited]
Hank Mann [waiter with flaming kabob – uncredited]
Paul Marion
Robin Morse
Michael Vallon [Dr Azzui – uncredited]
Veola Vonn [French-speaking cafe showgirl – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Abbott and Costello spotykaja mumie – Polish title
Abbott e Costello e a Múmia – Portugese title
Abbott ja Costello Egyptissä – Finnish title
Abbott und Costello als Mumienräuber – German title
Abbott y Costello contra la momia – Chilean title
Meet the Mummy
Il mistero della piramide
– Italian title

See also
The Mummy (1932)

Extracts included in
The World of Abbott and Costello (1965)

References

Periodicals
Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4
The Hollywood Reporter vol.134 no.25 3 May 1955 p.3 – review
Kine Weekly no.2495 21 Apr 1955 p.25 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.22 no.257 (June 1955) p.88 – credits, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.199 no.6 7 May 1955 p.425 – review
Sight & Sound vol.10 no.9 (September 2000) p.61 – illustrated video review (Video reviews: retail by Geoffrey Macnab)
Today’s Cinema vol.84 no.7244 13 Apr 1955 p.12 – review
Variety 11 May 1955 – review

Books
The Abbott and Costello Book by Jim Mulholland pp.53, 174-176; 239
Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen p.202 – illustrated credits
The Abbott & Costello Story by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin p.237
Classic Movie Monsters by Donald F. Glut pp.185-187 – note
Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.57-59; 213 – illustrated review; credits
A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.56-57; 58 – credits, review
The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film by R.G. Young p.1 – credits, review
The Essential Monster Movie Guide pp.26-27 – credits, review
The Horror Factory: The Horror Films of Universal 1931-1955 by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.162-163;171 – article, review; credits
The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team’s Monster Films by Jeffrey S. Miller pp.19, 26, 114-135, 218
The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide p.44 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.15 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.1-2 – credits
The Monster Movies of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur pp.182-186 – illustrated credits, article
The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael Weldon p.3 – credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee pp.1-2 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.340-342 – credits, review
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.207, 210 – illustrated article, review