THE MUMMY’S SHROUD
Director - John Gilling, Screenplay - John Gilling, Story - John Elder
(Anthony Hinds), Producer - Anthony Nelson Keys, Cinematographer - Arthur
Grant, Music - Don Banks, Makeup - George Partleton, Art Direction - Don
Mingaye, Special Effects - Les Bowie, Narrator - Peter Cushing, Hammer.
Cast: Andre Morrell (Sir Basil Walden), John Phillips (Stanley Preston),
Elizabeth Sellars (Barbara Preston), Michael Ripper (Longbarrow), Tim
Barrett (Harry), Catherine Lacey (Haiti), Eddie Powell (The Mummy/Prem),
Andreas Malandrinos (The Curator)
Prem, the tutor of young King Kah-to-bey, is also assigned to protect
him from all harm in ancient Egypt. But Prem is unsuccessful, and both
he and the young king are murdered by assassins. He is mummified and
placed in a case overlooking the body of Kah-to-bey.
Forty centuries later, in 1920, an archaeological expedition sponsored
by businessman Stanley Preston searches for the tomb of the two mummies.
The expedition is led by Sir Basil Walden, who defies the warning by its
guardian, Masmid, that if they enter the tomb, a curse will befall them.
The first to suffer from the curse is Sir Basil, who is bitten by a snake.
Unable to continue, the archaeologist sends his son Paul to explore the
tomb. Paul discovers the body of Kah-to-bey, and the well preserved
mummy of Prem.
After Prem is taken to a museum, an egyptian named Hasmid uses an
incantation to bring him to life so the mummy can dispose of all the
desecraters of the King’s tomb. Now alive, the Mummy assumes his ancient
task of protecting the boy. Prem’s first victim is Sir Basil, who is
crushed to death. The Mummy’s next victim is a photographer named
Harry Newton, who is murdered and dissolved in acid by Prem. Frightened,
Paul realizes he is next on the Mummy’s agenda, and he disregards
Inspector Barrani’s orders to stay in town until the murders are solved.
Paul sends a friend to reserve a seat on the next plane out of town.
Unfortunately, the friend is also murdered by the Mummy. Paul and his
co-archaeologist and ladyfriend, Claire, find themselves cornered by
the Mummy with no way of escaping. After trying everything they can
think of, Claire reverts to reading the incantation that revived Prem.
She succeeds in causing Prem to reduce hinmself to dust. In the course
of the story, Hasmid is killed by the Mummy, and a fortune-teller helps
lead Prem to his victims.