The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/monster film host will present his big broadcast showcase of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat.; Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) was directed by veteran Hammer producer-director-writer Michael Carreras, who also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym of Henry Younger, according to IMDB. Carreras was the son of Hammer studio head James Carreras; according to Rob Nixon’s Turner Classic Movies online article on the 1964 classic Hammer-Columbia “Mummy” horror/monster masterpiece. The junior Carreras also produced numerous Hammer horror/monster feature film masterpieces throughout his 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). Carreras also produced the 1964 Hammer-Columbia classic monster masterpiece with associate producer William Hill. Carreras wanted his 1964 production to be filmed as a memorable production without the use of lavish budgets and was produced as a sequel to Terence Fisher’s Hammer adaptation of “The Mummy” (1959, released by Universal Studios) with Hammer legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Carreras’ 1964 Hammer-Columbia classic monster masterpiece as a big broadcast premiere back in July 2019.
Who was in Michael Carreras’ 1964 Hammer-Columbia classic “Mummy” monster-horror masterpiece?
The players who appeared in Michael Carreras’ production of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) were Dickie Owen (as the “Mummy” Ra-Antef, Owen later appeared in the 1967 Hammer-Seven Arts “Mummy” entry with Eddie Powell as the “Mummy;” “The Mummy’s Shroud”), Jeanne Roland (as Annette Dubois, Roland also appeared in two episodes of the ITC adaptation of “The Saint” with Roger Moore in 1964 and 1965, she also appeared in the fifth James Bond/007 feature adaptation with Sean Connery in 1967, “You Only Live Twice”), Terence Morgan (as Adam Beauchamp, Morgan previously appeared in Sir Laurence Olivier’s 1949 feature film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with Olivier, a pre-Hammer Peter Cushing and a pre-“Doctor Who” Patrick Troughton), Fred Clark (as Alexander King; Clark previously appeared in Billy Wilder’s 1950 production of “Sunset Blvd.” with Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim; Clark also appeared in the role of Harry Morton in “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” from 1951–53 with George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet and Harry von Zell), Michael Ripper (as Achmed), George Pastell (as Hashmi Bey), Jill Mai Meredith (as Jenny), Ronald Howard (as John Bray), Jack Gwillim (as Sir Giles Dalrymple), John Paul (as Inspector Mackenzie), Marianne Stone (as the landlady), Vernon Smythe (as Jessop), Harold Goodwin (as Fred) and Jimmy Gardner (as Fred’s mate).
“The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb:” One of the few Hammer productions that was not filmed at their home studio base
Carreras’ 1964 Hammer-Columbia “Mummy” monster production was one of the few Hammer productions at the time that was not filmed at Hammer’s home studio base of the Bray studio complex in Maidenhead, England. According to IMDB, the production of Carreras’ “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” was filmed Britain’s famed Elstree Studios in Hertsfordshire, England.
Dickie Owen’s near-fatal accident during the filming of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)
During the “sewer” sequence in “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” Dickie Owen nearly drowned in his “Mummy” outfit as he tripped in the sewer during the filming of Carreras’ 1964 Hammer-Columbia “Mummy” monster-horror entry; according to Chris Fellner’s retrospective book on Hammer Films; “The Encyclopedia of Hammer Films.”
Otto Heller’s cinematography for Carreras’ production of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”
According to additional details from Rob Nixon’s TCM online article on the 1964 classic Hammer-Columbia “Mummy” monster/horror masterpiece production, veteran cinematographer Otto Heller worked on the cinematography for Michael Carreras’ “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.” With Carreras’ budgetary methods in place, Heller filmed “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” in Technicolor utilizing the Techniscope 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio format, according to IMDB.
Additional insight into the “monster stamps” for the original 1964 Columbia/Hammer double-feature release of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” and “The Gorgon”
“The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” was released as a double-feature presentation with Carreras’ other Hammer-Columbia classic horror/monster masterpiece, “The Gorgon” (1964) with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Prudence Hyman and Patrick Troughton; according to an original 1964 Columbia Pictures exhibitors’ advertisement.
According to an original 1964 Columbia press leaflet that was recently presented on eBay, the studio encouraged participating theaters from coast-to-coast to team up with local businesses in connection to the “monster black stamp” tie-in promotions for the Columbia/Hammer double-feature screening of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” and “The Gorgon.” Some of the suggested souvenir stamp tie-ins included a “monster special sundae” with local ice cream/soda parlors, along with a “monster king” and “monster queen” prize giveaway contest for theatrical attendees who collected the most stamps. Columbia also encouraged participating theater owners to have monster stamp promotions with local television horror/monster film hosts from coast-to-coast.
Latter Columbia Super 8mm “digest” version of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”
The 1964 Hammer-Columbia production of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” was re-issued by Columbia for the home market as a “digest version.” According to an original 1974 catalog advertisement for Columbia Pictures’ home movie line, Carreras’ 1964 Hammer “Mummy” production was offered in super 8mm and standard 8mm formats.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Dickie Owen, Jeanne Roland, Terence Morgan, Fred Clark, Michael Ripper, George Pastell, Jill Mai Meredith, Ronald Howard, Jack Gwillim , John Paul, Marianne Stone, Vernon Smythe, Harold Goodwin and Jimmy Gardner with Roy Ashton’s Hammer “Mummy” monster make-up creation, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming big broadcast of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from stress! A perfect treat for all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow aficionados of classic Hammer horror/monster feature film masterpieces from coast-to-coast with Sven’s additional fun facts, Doug Graves’ evening parody song and Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call! Be sure to fix a “monster special sundae” for the big broadcast! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam 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
Join in on the fun by having fun and live-tweeting via Twitter with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV!
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Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited supplies available! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box activity gift set is still available for purchase via the official Sven/Me-TV online store website (contains a Sven three-dimensional cube puzzle, a Sven mini “magic doodle” sketch keychain to draw Sven and/or Kerwyn, a deck of Sven playing cards, the Sven “fun putty” egg/“crack me up!,” a Sven plastic spring toy/the “Svenkie,” the 100-piece Sven “It Came From Berwyn!” puzzle, the Sven “squishy bat” stress reliever/not connected to Sven’s former WCIU mail call sidekick, “Ed the bat;” Sven microwave popcorn and a 16-page Sven word jumble puzzle/crossword puzzle/”Svendoku” sudoku/joke/maze/trivia book! And again, to quote the official rule of the Sven/Me-TV online store, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven & Me-TV items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Speaking of classic Hammer/Columbia horror-monster-thriller feature film masterpieces, Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that a new Hammer/Columbia 20-film Blu-Ray disc anthology set will be coming out on Nov. 17, titled “Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection;” spanning from 1958-71! According to Mill Creek’s official website, “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) will be included as part of the set; along with numerous classic Hammer/Columbia feature film masterpieces that Svengoolie has showcased on his big broadcasts, including “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960), William Castle’s Hammer/Columbia adaptation of “The Old Dark House” (1963) and “The Gorgon” (1964); just to name a few!
From Sven’s Berwyn studio dungeon set to your home studio dungeon set! Download Svengoolie’s Me-TV famous Berwyn dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! (Begins at the 0:07 mark): Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy when they recognized the cameo appearance of a familiar Sven art design piece from one of our fellow super SvenPals during Sven’s Aug. 22 big Me-TV broadcast premiere of Terence Fisher’s Hammer-Warner Bros. horror/monster classic masterpiece with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Svengoolie skateboard artwork was featured in Sven’s Berwyn “dungeon” studio set during Sven’s “fun facts” segment for “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! (At the 0:09 mark, a glimpse at 1:12 and at the 2:07 and 2:15 marks): But wait, there’s more! After taking a closer look at Svengoolie and Doug Graves’ “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957) parody song after the big broadcast, fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy as they recognized fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Sven skateboard artwork design near Doug’s sleeve during Sven and Doug’s “Singin’ in the Rain”-style parody song for “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)! Sarah’s custom Svengoolie skateboard artwork design debuted during Sven’s big June 1, 2019 big broadcast premiere of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966) on Sven and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment on Me-TV, along with Sarah’s cameo official Sven tee photo appearance with her Sven skate design(s)! Sarah’s Svengoolie skate artwork was created in commemoration of Sven/Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in the Berwyn/Chicago big broadcast television airlanes and her Sven skateboard artwork design has appeared on Sven’s in-studio show segments from time-to-time since then!
Congratulations to Sarah from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on the recent cameo appearance of your Svengoolie skateboard art design during Sven’s “fun facts” and Sven & Doug’s “Singin’ in the Rain” song style parody in the big Aug. 22 big Sven/Me-TV broadcast premiere of “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)! We fellow super SvenPals are jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work! Three cheers, two thumbs up, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos,“Hi-Keeba” & a toast to Sarah & all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy when one of our fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals made an announcement during Sven’s big Aug. 22 broadcast premiere of “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957) on the live-tweeting airlanes of her upcoming role in a live online big broadcast of three suspense-thriller radio plays! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that she will be playing the role of the radio announcer in the Kirk Players’ upcoming live online big broadcast suspense-thriller radio plays of “Love, Honor or Murder;” “The Horla” and “My Dear Niece!” According to Jamie’s official tweet, the Kirk Players’ online live big broadcast suspense-thriller radio plays will occur on the airlanes of YouTube on Sat., Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Central/8 p.m. Eastern! Stay tuned to additional details via Jamie’s official Twitter site for an official YouTube link to the Kirk Players’ big live broadcast this Oct.!
Congratulations to Jamie and the Kirk Players troupe from all of us fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on landing the role of the radio announcer in the upcoming Kirk Players Oct. 3 online live big broadcast suspense-thriller radio play performances of “Love, Honor or Murder;” “The Horla” and “My Dear Niece!” Wefellow super jammers and fellow super SvenPals are jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work! Three cheers, two thumbs up, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos,“Hi-Keeba” & a toast to Jamie, the Kirk Players troupe & all fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals: Be sure to give generously, spread the word/share the word to help one of the friends of fellow fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee. An updated GoFundMe site for Jamie’s friend has been established to help offset additional expensive medical/health-related costs. And again, additional information can be found through the official GoFundMe website of Jamie’s friend. Again, donate generously and spread/share the word to help Jamie’s friend. And again, any amount helps. -C.H.
In connection to “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964):
“The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) will be available as part of the aforementioned Mill Creek classic Hammer/Columbia 20-film Blu-Ray disc anthology set, “Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection;” which will be released on Nov. 17. Michael Carreras’ classic 1964 Hammer-Columbia “Mummy” monster masterpiece 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 participating streaming/video-on-demand service providers.
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