The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster/horror film host will present his big broadcast premiere of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat., July 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1964 feature was directed by veteran Hammer producer-director-writer Michael Carreras, who was the son of Hammer studio head James Carreras; according to Rob Nixon’s article on “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) for Turner Classic Movies. The junior Carreras produced numerous Hammer horror features throughout his film career, including “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “The Mummy” (1959), “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) and “The Curse of the Werewolf” (1961).
Who was in “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)?
The players who appeared in “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) were Dickie Owen (as Ra-Antef, the “Mummy”), Terence Morgan (as Adam Beauchamp), Fred Clark (as Alexander King), Jeanne Roland (as Annette Dubois), George Pastell (as Hashmi Bey), Ronald Howard (as John Bray), Jack Gwillim (as Sir Giles Dalrymple), Michael Ripper (as Achmed), Jill Mai Meredith (as Jenny), John Paul (as Inspector Mackenzie), Marianne Stone (as the landlady), Harold Goodwin (as Fred), Jimmy Gardner (as Fred’s mate) and Vernon Smythe (as Jessop).
Dickie Owen appeared in numerous British features and TV programs throughout his career. He later appeared in the Seven Arts-Hammer “Mummy” entry, “The Mummy’s Shroud” (1967, with Eddie Powell in the “Mummy” role). Jeanne Roland also appeared in two episodes of the ITC adaptation of “The Saint” with Roger Moore (in 1964 and 1965). She later appeared in the fifth James Bond/007 feature with Sean Connery, “You Only Live Twice” (1967, adapted from Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name).
Fred Clark appeared in various feature film and TV appearances over the years, including Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Blvd.” (1950, with Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim), “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” (as Harry Morton from 1951–53 with George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet and Harry von Zell) and Jean Negulesco‘s “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953, with Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and William Powell).
Terence Morgan previously appeared in Sir Laurence Olivier’s film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (1949, with Olivier, a pre-Hammer Peter Cushing and a pre-“Doctor Who” Patrick Troughton).
A sequel to Hammer’s earlier “Mummy” monster entry
According to additional details from Rob Nixon’s TCM article on “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” the 1964 Hammer monster entry was a sequel to the studio’s previous adaptation of “The Mummy” (1959, released by Universal; directed by Terence Fisher) with Hammer legends Christopher Lee (as the “Mummy” Kharis) and Peter Cushing (as John Banning). For the 1964 production of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” Michael Carreras demonstrated that he could make memorable feature productions without relying on expensive costs.
Michael Carreras used a pseudonym for his screenplay of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”
According to IMDB’s trivia section on the 1964 Columbia-Hammer “Mummy” monster feature, Michael Carreras also wrote the screenplay for “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” under the pseudonym of “Henry Younger.” Carreras was inspired by Hammer producer Anthony Hinds and his screenwriting pseudonym of “John Elder.”
The cinematography for the 1964 Columbia-Hammer “Mummy” production was done by a veteran cinematographer
The cinematography for “The Curse of The Mummy’s Tomb” was done by veteran cinematographer Otto Heller, according to IMDB. In addition to the 1964 Columbia-Hammer “Mummy” entry, Heller also worked as a cinematographer on Sir Laurence Olivier’s screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” (1955) and two Michael Caine features; “The Ipcress File” (1965) and “Alfie” (1966).
Released as a double feature in the United States with another Columbia-Hammer horror feature (with a promotional tie-in)
According to additional details from IMDB, “The Gorgon” was released by Columbia in the United States as a double-feature presentation with another Hammer monster collaboration; “The Gorgon” (1964, with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton and Prudence Hyman). Participating cinemas gave away “monster” souvenir stamps to patrons (according to the 1964 Columbia Pictures exhibitors’ ad).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Dickie Owen, Terence Morgan, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, George Pastell, Ronald Howard, Jack Gwillim, Michael Ripper, Jill Mai Meredith, John Paul, Marianne Stone, Harold Goodwin, Jimmy Gardner and Vernon Smythe along with Otto Heller’s cinematography; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV! Highly recommended to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere with Sven’s additional fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! You will not be disappointed!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
Live-tweet with all fellow super #Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere this Sat. (via Twitter) during Sven’s Sat. Me-TV big broadcast premiere of Michael Carreras’ “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn, Illinois and fellow super SvenPals of Schererville, Indiana and beyond! Sven will be making an upcoming appearance at the Schererville “Hocus Pocus Party in the Park” festival on Fri., July 12 at Redar Park (217 Gregory St., Schererville, Indiana 46375; near downtown Schererville/Austin Ave.)!
Sven will be signing autographs from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m. (local time) at the free event before his introduction of the outdoor screening of the live-action Disney Halloween comedy favorite, “Hocus Pocus” (1993)! Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes for the event! A costume contest (plus food trucks and a live DJ) will also take place at the event! Additional information can be found on the official Town of Schererville website!
To all fellow super SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn, Illinois/Schererville, Indiana and to all fellow super SvenPals who are traveling to Schererville, have fun seeing Sven in person for his upcoming Schererville “Hocus Pocus Party in the Park” appearance! And be sure to enjoy the costume contest and “Hocus Pocus” (1993) on the big screen! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow Berwyn/Chicago/Lake Berwyn super Svengoolie SvenPals and beyond! The Jackalope Productions troupe of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee, Dean Griffiths, Tara Petrozelli and director Jim Behr will be having their third/finale big performance of the Chicago/Berwyn/Lake Villa Jackalope stage production of The Reduced Shakespeare Company (Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield)’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at the Terminus Theatre venue (121 Grand Ave., Lake Villa, Illinois, 60046) on Fri., July 19 at 8 p.m. (local time)!
Tickets are selling quickly through Jackalope Players’ official Eventbrite site and through the Terminus box office (ticket prices are $8), purchase your ticket today! Jamie and the entire Jackalope players troupe are still securing extra funding for their production through their official Indiegogo website. Additional premium goodies/”perks” (funding levels) are also listed for patrons who donate to the Jackalope acting troupe’s official Indiegogo production fund! Any amount helps!
Three cheers to Jamie, Dean, Tara, Jim and the entire Jackalope Productions ensemble from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! All of us are cheering and applauding for you and the entire Jackalope ensemble! Congrats, two thumbs up, peace, kudos and “Hi-Keeba” from all of us! –C.H.
In connection to “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964):
“The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) is also available on Blu-Ray as part of the Columbia-Hammer monster classic double-feature twinset, “Hammer Films Double-Feature: Vol. 2 (with the 1958 Columbia-Hammer classic, “The Revenge of Frankenstein”). The film is also available on DVD as part of the Columbia-Hammer monster/horror classic multi-film anthology set, “Hammer Films Collection Vol. 1” from Mill Creek Entertainment (by arrangement with Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). The 1964 Columbia-Hammer “Mummy” production is also available to stream from Sony through select streaming/video-on-demand providers.
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