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Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
France/Italy/Germany, 1962

Christopher Lee
Directed by Terence Fisher


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try solving the case of the stealing of Cleopatra's necklace, found years earlier by archaeologists in her tomb in the Fayum in Egypt. They soon discover that the evil professor Moriarty is behind it all.

Apart from a mummy and the necklace there is no other Egyptology of interest in this film. German title: "Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes". French title: "Sherlock Holmes et le collier de la mort". Italian title: "Sherlock Holmes la valle del terrore".

Una Regina per Cesare
Italy/France, 1962

Pascal Petit, Gordon Scott
Directed by Piero Pierotti, Viktor Tourjansky


Story focussing primarily on the romance between Caesar and Cleopatra.

English title: "A Queen for Caesar". French title: "Cléopâtre, une reine pour César".

I was a Teenage Mummy
USA, 1962

Directed by Ralph C. Bluemke


In the Egyptian desert Professor Flinders Pietre and his assistant Peaches LaVerne unearth the amazingly well preserved remains of a 3000 year old mummy, which they take back with them to the US. Of course the mummy is soon out for revenge!

Toto contro Maciste
Italy, 1962

Antonio de Curtis
Directed by Fernando Cerchio


Totokamen and Tarantokamen get a job as actors in a local café at Thebes. Here Totokamen pretends to be the son of the god Amun and to be in possesion of enormous powers. Therefore he is hired by the Pharao to fight against Maciste, who marches upon Thebes. The two meet in the city and with shrewdness Totokamen manages to overcome Maciste's bruto force.

English title: "Totò against Maciste".

Brazil, 1962

Lima Duarte, Cláudio Marzo, Tarcísio Meira


Brazilian television series featuring the story of Cleópatra, Júlio César and Marco Antônio.

Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra
USA, 1962

TV-series The Dick Van Dyke Show


In flashback Rob explains to his wife Laura the monumental headaches he accrued the year before while trying to properly cast a theatrical sketch based on the then-current Liz Taylor film Cleopatra, especially since "Cleo" --played by Laura-- had to be kissed by a handsome neighbor.

USA/UK, 1963

George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamama
Directed by Wolf Rilla


A man just released from prison takes up his earlier plan to steal King Tut's jewellery from the Cairo Museum. With the help of a few egyptians he actually succeeds in his plan, but then the trouble begins.

This film is actually a remake of director John Huston's 1950 "The Asphalt Jungle" (based on the novel by W. R. Burnett), with a switch of locale from the brooding, empty streets of downtown America to the teeming bazaars and markets of Egypt. The dialogue of both films is exactly the same in several places. Though not as effective as the original, this film nevertheless works fine for those with a passion for anything Egyptian. Filmed on location in Cairo, Suez and on the Luxor West Bank. It also includes some interesting nightly scenes in the Egyptian Museum. Several Egyptian actors play key roles, most notably "The Lady of the Arabic Screen" Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazhar and Kamal Al-Shennawi.

USA, 1963

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Epic film about the historical and poetical drama of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar falls in love with her and helps her keep her throne. After Caesar's death she chooses for Marc Anthony, but thus gets caught in his power struggle with Octavianus (Augustus). In the end they lose all. The film is infamous for almost bankrupting film studio 20th Century Fox. It was made at a cost of $44 million, an impossibly extravagant figure for that time. This was partly due to the fact that the film's elaborate, complicated sets, costumes and props had to be constructed twice, once during a botched shoot in London and once more when the production relocated to Rome.

Toto e Cleopatra
Italy, 1963

Antonio de Curtis (Toto)
Directed by Fernando Cerchio


Marc Anthony, called back to Rome from Alexandria (where he fell in love with Cleopatra) by Ottavio who wants him to marry his sister Ottavia, is seized by his legitimate wife Fulvia. She substitutes him for his stepbrother, Totonno, who is his double. Totonno then goes to Egypt but ill-treats Cleopatra so badly that he is condemned to death. On Marc Anthony's return however, he is reprieved. Next Ottavio declares war upon Egypt, Marc Anthony dies and Totonno takes his place. Finally Totonno returns to Rome with Ottavia at his side and served by Cleopatra, who he has made his slave.

English title: "Totò and Cleopatra". Toto is played by Neapolitan actor, writer, and songwriter Antonio de Curtis, whose stage name was actually 'Totò'. He was so popular that his movie vehicles often incorporated his name in the titles. Some of these, notably "Totò e Cleopatra", "Toto d'Arabia" and "Toto Sexy", were parodies of established 'serious' film genres.

The Spread of the Eagle
UK, 1963

Peter Cushing


Nine-part television drama series that presents the Shakespeare plays "Coriolanus", "Julius Caesar" and "Antony and Cleopatra" in order of their historical events. The story of "Antony and Cleopatra" is covered in episodes 7 (acts 1 and 2), 8 (acts 2,3 and 4) and 9 (acts 5 and 6).

Blood Feast
USA, 1963

William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis


Egyptian caterer busies himself collecting body parts from young maidens in order to an ancient Egyptian goddess of good and evil back to life. When he has prepared enough parts for the ceremony, he hypnotizes a woman giving an engagement party for her daughter, at which he plans to perform the ancient rites of summons, using the daughter as his final sacrifice. (source: IMDB)

The thin storyline contunues in the 2002 sequel "Blood Feast 2 - All U Can Eat".

Bride of the Nile
عروس النيل

Egypt, 1963

Rushdy Abaza, Lobna Abdel Aziz
Directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab (فطين عبد الوهاب)


ancient Egyptian princess reveals herself to a young archaeologist who wakes her up, thus leading him into endless troubles.

English title: "Bride of the Nile".

Cleopatra's Heart
Japan, 1963

TV-series Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム)


Astro Boy tries to foil a mad scientist's plot to use a robotic Cleopatra (a sexy one, of course) to recreate the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra's love, by the way, is another robot called Mark Anthony.

Episode 44 of the Japanese anime series "Astro Boy" (鉄腕アトム or Tetsuwan Atomu) based on the Manga comic "Secret of the Egyptian Conspirators " (1954) by Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989). It is a cartoon adventure series about a youngster in the 21st century. Interestingly, Astro Boy was the first animated TV series to be produced in Japan. After becoming a worldwide hit, Japanese cartoons began to flood the market with the release of other successful series. Followed by episode 45 "The Return of Cleopatra".

USA, 1963

TV-series Peabody's Improbable History

Adventurous dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman set their time machine to encounter Cleopatra, Ptolemy and Julius Caesar.

Episode from the animated tv-series "Peabody's Improbable History", a segmented part of the late 1950s and early 1960s television animated series "Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show" (collectively referred to as "Rocky and Bullwinkle").

The Return of Cleopatra
Japan, 1963

TV-series Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム)

An evil robot copy of Caesar entrusts Astro Boy with the royal staff of Queen Cleopatra. But it appears he had stolen it and now Cleopatra tries to get it back. But is she the real Cleopatra or just another evil robot copy?!?

Following episode 44 "Cleopatra's Heart", this is episode 45 of the Japanese anime series "Astro Boy" (鉄腕アトム or Tetsuwan Atomu) based on the Manga comic "Secret of the Egyptian Conspirators" (1954) by Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989).

Antonius und Cleopatra
Germany, 1963

Lola Müthel, Peter Pasetti
Directed by Rainer Wolffhardt


Early West-German television version of the 1607 Shakespeare play "The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra".

Of Mouth and Men
USA, 1963

TV-series The Red Skelton Hour

Red Skelton, Martha Raye

Sketch from an episode of "The Red Skelton Hour", a popular television comedy show that ran for almost two decades from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Red Skelton's guest star in this episode is Martha Raye. Capitalizing on the publicity surrounding the yet-to-be-released Elizabeth Taylor version of Cleopatra, the sketch casts Martha as an aggressively amorous Queen of the Nile, who carries a torch for the sublimely indifferent Roman slave Nauseous. See also the 1954 sketch "King Putt".

Lucy Plays Cleopatra
USA, 1963

TV-series The Lucy Show


The Danfield Women's Volunteer Fire Fighters put on Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra. Lucy is cast as Cleopatra with Viv, in male drag, as Marc Antony. The two dueling divas try to upstage each other during the performance, infuriating their pretentious director Professor Gitterman. (source: tv.com)

First colour episode of the second series of "The Lucy Show", a comedy show centered around Lucille Ball. This was the follow-up series to her classic "I Love Lucy" and the subsequent "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" series.

Een Idealist
Netherlands, 1963

Ko van Dijk, Sigrid Koetse, Lous Hensen, Henk van Ulsen
Directed by Jack Dixon

Herodes, king of the Jews, is pressured by queen Cleopatra to appoint his wife's brother, the Jewish prince Aristobulus, as new high priest, but manages to poison him before the ceremony. Soon after Marc Anthony and Cleopatra are defeated by Octavian, Herodes sees a vision wherein is announced that the Messiah has been born and will become king of the Jews. This will become his downfall.

Dutch biblical television drama based on the play "En Idealist" (1928) by Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor Kaj Munk.

The Actress
USA, 1963

TV-series The Patty Duke Show

Patty Duke, William Schallert


Patty and her identical cousin Cathy's high school is putting on a lavish version of "Anthony and Cleopatra". Cathy is excited about the play and desperately wants the lead, while Patty could care less about a Shakespearean production. The director, however, decides he needs Patty's talents for the lead role, and Cathy becomes her understudy. Patty arranges for a Hollywood talent scout to view the play, but when she develops laryngitis Cathy dutifully takes her place. Patty tries to get it back after she makes a last-minute recovery.

Episode 12 from the 1960's sitcom "The Patty Duke Show" about a normal teenager called Patty Lane who lives in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City. The Egyptian theme of this particular episode was probably inspired by the hype around Joseph L. Mankiewicz "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor from the same year.

Gidget goes to Rome
USA, 1963

James Darren, Cindy Carol, Cesare Danova
Directed by Paul Wendkos


Gidget Lawrence is a bright, perky, mature teenager. She and some of her friends are in Rome, where she meets a mysterious and handsome older Italian man who seems to be intent on helping her have a good stay. During a guided visit to the Roman forum, she is shown the spot where Cleopatra "entered the forum when she was in Rome as Caesar's concubine". In a daydream Gidget relives that moment with herself as Cleopatra, when one of her friends has to throw himself on the floor in a pool of mud to keep her feet dry while passing. In the end it appears the Italian has been retained by Gidget's father to make sure she has both a good time, and remains safe.

Third installment from a whole Gidget series of films and television movies, based on a fictional character created by author Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel "Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas".

Il Figlio di Cleopatra
Italy, 1964

Mark Damon, Arnoldo Foà, Scilla Gabel
Directed by Ferdinando Baldi


In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. When Petronius' daughter, Livia, newly-arrived from Rome, falls into his hands, El Kabir uses this opportunity to win her over to his side before releasing her to her father. Livia's efforts to promote peace, however, are thwarted, and only the arrival of Octavian Caesar can bring about a resolution to the troubled situation. (source: IMDB)

English title: "Son of Cleopatra".

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
USA, 1964

Jack Gwillim, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, Ronald Howard, Terence Morgan
Directed by Michael Carreras


"Half bone, half bandage...all blood-curdling terror!"

In 1900 a group of archaeologists opens the tomb of pharaoh Ra. Once in London the vengeful mummy takes matters into his own hands by killing the violators of his tomb in foggy surroundings.

Carry on Cleo
UK, 1964

Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Amanda Barrie
Directed by Gerald Thomas


Two Britons captured by the invading Romans are taken to Rome, and unwillingly end up in the intrigues between Caesar, the senate, Marc Anthony and queen Cleopatra.

Said to be on of the best of the earlier 'Carry On' films.

Il Leone di Tebe
Italy, 1964

Mark Forest, Yvonne Furneaux
Directed by Giorgio Ferroni


An Italian Hercules ("Maciste") in Egypt. English title: "The Lion of Thebes".

La Valle dell'eco Tonante
Italy, 1964

Kirk Morris, Hélène Chanel, Spela Rozin
Directed by Tanio Boccia


Egyptian tribes fight over Maciste's services but he prefers courting women. When a cruel queen raids nomad villages and kills their inhabitants Maciste intervenes and puts things right.

Yet another italian Hercules story supposedly set in Egypt. Also known as: "Hercules of the Desert".

The Curse of Anubis
USA, 1964

TV-series Jonny Quest

Directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Ahmed, an unscrupulous chieftain, plans to become the leader of a new nation. Capitalizing on Dr. Quest's archaeological interests, Ahmed lures him to Egypt. Ahmed defies the gods by stealing the statue of Anubis and hiding it in the Ghivan ruins. There he traps Quest in a catacomb of the ruins and tells them that he they is found, the fact that a foreigner planned the theft of an ancient treasure will unite all his people and he will be the leader. Jonny manages to escape through a secret passage while the Mummy of Anubis finishes Ahmed and his plans. (source: www.bcdb.com)

Episode 3 from the animated "Jonny Quest" cartoon series. Made by the Hanna-Barbera Studios. Made for television. Running Time: 30 minutes. Color.

The Uninvited
UK, 1964

TV-series The Thunderbirds

Directed by Brian Burgess, David Elliott…


Thunderbird 1 with Scott at the helm is shot down in the Egyptian desert by unidentified fighter planes. Scott is soon found unconcious by two archaeologists, who provide first-aid and radio International Rescue. Virgil, Brains and Tin-Tin arrive in Thunderbird 2 and take him back to their home base. Meanwhile, the archaeologists continue their search for the lost pyramid of king Khamandides. Disaster strikes as their supply trailer breaks loose from their jeep and explodes, leaving the pair stranded without water. Their SOS call is picked up by Alan on Thunderbird 5 and Scott is soon on his way again in Thunderbird 1. Then the archaeologists discover the pyramid of Khamandides. They find a door and go in, but suddenly the door closes behind them. Lying next to it they see the skeleton of the tomb's last guest. However, the pyramid isn't what it appears to be, and the archaeologists find themselves in trouble from the same creatures that shot Scott down!

Episode 5 of the popular 1960's science-fiction puppet series "The Thunderbirds" (1964-1966).

Now You See It, Now You Don't
USA, 1964

TV-series My Favorite Martian

Ann Marshall, Bill Bixby, Ray Walston
Directed by Leslie Goodwins


In an effort to elevate Tim culturally, Uncle Martin insists Tim accompany him to the museum. At the museum, Uncle Martin reads in the mind of long-time curator Wilbur Canfield that he is very unhappy. He has just acquired a new expensive Egyptian piece for the museum, but the museum's board is questioning the authenticity and merit of this acquisition. They ask Canfield's scientific opponent Dr. Donati to have a look. Sensing a good story for Tim, Martin thinks he can certify the piece's authenticity and revalidate Canfield as an expert in the field, but only if he can get near to it. Obstacles prevent Uncle Martin from observing the sculpture, which is draped in a sheet at the museum, but he finally succeeds in levitating the piece of sculpture out of the museum. In their apartment, Uncle Martin and Tim examine the rare Egyptian work, then return it to the museum, where, by now, the old curator and the security guard are beside themselves. Through Uncle Martin's invisible voice, there are now whispered hints to the sweet old curator, who emerges, at long last, correctly as an expert in his own right.

Episode 19 from the sci-fi television series "My Favorite Martian" about a Martian who crash lands on Earth and is befriended by journalist Tim O'Hara.

Cleopatra era Cándida
Argentina, 1964

Niní Marshall, Amelia Vargas, Tito Lusiardo, Juan Verdaguer
Directed by Julio Saraceni

Cándida is a millionaire eccentric who dreams of being Cleopatra and living a life full of luxuries and comfort.

Based on the play "Doña Vitaminas" by Rodolfo Torrado Estrada.

Antony and Cleopatra
USA, 1964

TV-series The Hollywood Palace

Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
Directed by Grey Lockwood


Sketch from episode 23 (aired 6-6-1964) of the American television variety show "The Hollywood Palace" that was broadcast weekly on Saturday nights on ABC television between 1964 and 1970. There were revolving guest hosts and each episode featured a number of famous guests from the world of television, film and music that performed a number of sketches or songs. In this particular sketch Hollywood stars Buster Keaton and Gloria Swanson perform a silent-comedy version of "Cleopatra" and join the host Gene Barry in a dance routine.

Cleo Trio
USA, 1964

TV-series Peter Potamus and So-So


Peter and So-So land in Egypt and meet Julius Caesar, who is despondent about losing the favor of Cleopatra. They go to Cleopatra's barge to speak for Caesar. Cleopatra forgives Caesar without Peter's knowledge. Peter tries to use reverse psychology with Cleopatra and speaks insultingly about Caesar. Caesar overhears the insults and attacks Peter. Peter uses his hippo hurricane holler to escape back to his balloon.

Episode from the animated children series "Peter Potamus and So-So" produced by the well-known Hanna-Barbera Studios. The series is about a purple hippopotamus called Peter Potamus and his traveling companion monkey So-So who fly back and forth through time in a balloon participating in historic events.

La Sfinge sorride prima di morire: stop: Londra
Italy/West-Germany, 1965

Maria Perschy, Tony Russel, Ivan Desny
Directed by Duccio Tessari


Bizarre and obscure thriller, concerning a couple who meet in Egypt under strange circumstances, and end up having to hide a dead body. Not only that, but someone is trying to kill them also. As an extra twist, it seems that during an archaeological expedition, some cases of gold were stolen, and now the thief is attempting to cover up his crime.

German title: "Heiße Spur Kairo".

Belphégor ou Le Fantôme du Louvre
France, 1965

Juliette Gréco, René Dary, François Chaumette
Directed by Claude Barma


Paris, 1965. A killing black phantom called Belphégor haunts the Louvre museum and its surroundings, having a particular preference for the Egyptian department. A young student decides to clear the matter with the help of the daughter of investigating police commissioner Ménardier.

Legendary 4-part french tv-series based on the novel by Arthur Bernède.

Mummies Boys
USA, 1965

TV-series The New Three Stooges

The three stooges are in Egypt and get lost inside a pyramid. The mummies resting there are quite annoyed by the disturbance they're causing and scare them away.

The original 1930s Stooges provided their own voices for the animated adventures. Includes newly filmed live-action "wraparound" segments as the lead and close for the cartoon.

Mummy Munster
USA, 1965

TV-series The Munsters

Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo
Directed by Ezra Stone


Herman arranges to meet Marilyn at the natural history museum. But he accidentally gets himself locked inside an Egyptian sarcophagus, whereupon a sleeping pill he swallowed earlier takes effect. A pair of museum curators open the box the next day and mistake the sleeping Herman for an ancient mummy. When Lily reads about their supposed scientific discovery in the newspaper, she goes to the museum and requests that the curators put Herman in a cab and send him home as soon as he wakes up.

Episode 32 of the creepy television series "The Munsters". This series was a CBS network competitor to the ABC network "The Addams Family" production. It ran for only 40 episodes in 2 years, from 1964 until 1966.

UK, 1965

Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Directed by Robert Day


"She who must be obeyed! She who must be loved! She who must be possessed!"

Palestine in 1918, just after the end of World War I. Discharged from the army, Leo Vincey and the ex-historian Major Hollis L. Holly are penniless. Vincey is abducted and taken before the beautiful Ayesha who says she has been waiting a long time for him to return, believing Leo is the reincarnation of her former lover, the priest Kallikrates, who she killed in a jealous fury in ancient Egypt where they were lovers. She gives him a ring and a map and tells him to prove himself by coming to where she lives beyond the Mountains of the Moon. Vincey and Holly set out on an expedition, crossing the perilous desert wastes, to eventually arrive at the lost city of Kuma. There queen Ayesha, 'She Who Must Be Obeyed', rules cruelly over a land descended into savagery and cannibalism. The undying queen's jealously guarded secret is revealed to be an icy 'Blue Flame' that, when entered, gives one eternal life. When She tries to take Leo into the 'Blue Flame' with plans for eventual world domination, a horrific surprise awaits them..

Based on H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel "She" from 1887.

Hazreti Yusuf'un Hayati
Turkey, 1965

Yusuf Sezgin, Sevda Ferdag, Birsen Menekseli, Sami Ayanoglu
Directed by Muharrem Gürses


Drama about "The Life of the Prophet Joseph" by director Muharrem Gürses, who build his career in the 1950's directing populist rural melodramas. Based on the narrative of Joseph in the Quranic tradition. Includes the life of Joseph in Egypt. One from a line of 1960's Turkish religious-themed movies.

USA, 1965

TV-series The World of Commander McBragg

Commander McBragg's army ventures into the Egyptian desert, where he spots the enemy. While in retreat, he runs into a pile of giant stones, which causes a flat on his jeep. Thinking quickly, he uses the rubber tire to create a giant slingshot, which starts flinging giant stones at his enemy. He creates a big wall that becomes the Great Pyramid as we know it. (source: BCDB.com)

90-seconds segment featuring the tales of Commander McBragg that appeared as part of the 1960's animated series "Underdog".

Poland, 1966

Jerzy Zelnik, Barbara Brylska, Piotr Pawlowski
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz


At the end of the XXth Dynasty the Egypt's might and prestige is sadly dwindling, and foreign invaders are threatening Egypt's borders. pharaoh's power has been weakened by internal power struggles and the growing wealth and influence of the temples and the high priests. Young crown prince Ramses soon finds himself in deadly conflict with the mighty priests as he tries to oppose their power.

This Polish epic (based on the 1897 acclaimed novel by Boreslaw Prus) was filmed in the Kazil Kum desert of Uzbekistan, and on location in Egypt where director Jerzy Kawalerowicz skillfully managed to use the scenery of the preserved monuments as a backdrop. Well-known egyptologist Prof. Kazimierz Michalowski and egyptian filmer Chadi Abdelsalam were advisors for this production. English title: "Pharaoh". Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Picture in 1966, though the award went to "a Man and a Woman" by Claude Lelouch. A video version of the original 180 minutes movie is only available in Polish. The English dubbed version which is available in the rest of the world is a shortened 140 minutes.

USA, 1966

Adam West, Burt Ward, Victor Buono
Directed by Charles Rondeau


King Tut -- an ancient Egyptian King turned bad. With a blow to the head, a seemingly innocent college professor turned back the hands of time to become a super villain. With crocodiles and potions made form dead scarabs, King Tut more than once tries to boil Batmans goose in oil.

Television series which ran from 1966-1968 has "King Tut" as a major antagonist for Batman and Robin, one not previously found in the comic books. King Tut features in the episodes "The Curse of Tut" (#1.27), "The Pharaoh's in a Rut" (#1.28), "The Spell of Tut" (#2.7), "Tut's Case Is Shut" (#2.8), "King Tut's Coup" (#2.53), "Batman's Waterloo" (#2.54), "A Horse of Another Color" (#3.5), "The Unkindest Tut of All" (#3.6), "I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle" (#3.23) and "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" (#3.25). Interesting quotes: (King Tut to Nefertiti) "How many times must I tell you? Queens consume nectar and ambrosia, not hot dogs.", and (Batman to King Tut): "Who are you anyway?" - "Tut ! Master of thieves, King of the Nile, thats just on momma's side of the family."

USA, 1966

Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel
Directed by Stanley Donen


Oxford professor of Ancient Languages David Pollock, an expert on 'hieroglyphics', is asked by a middle eastern Prime Minister to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi who is involved in a plot against his government. The details of the plot are believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code written on paper.

The only Egyptology content in this film is in the very beginning when we see professor Pollock giving his students a course on the basics of the hieroglyphic script. In the end the hieroglyphic code he is supposed to crack appears to make no sense at all and was only a decoy.

I Kleopatra en Drasei
Greece, 1966

Lavrentis Dianellos, Joly Garbi, Stavros Paravas
Directed by Costas Karagiannis


Also known as "Kleopatra itan Antonis".

I Want My Mummy
USA, 1966

Bill Dana
Directed by Shamus Culhane


Unemployed Jose Jimenez finds a job with the local museum as assistant on an archeological survey somewhere in the Amazon. After some trouble with the indian population they finally discover the traces a lost civilization in a huge cave. There they discover the tomb of king Mazuma, totally Egyptian in style and even contains a sarcophagus with mummy!

Seven Rich Years and Seven Lean
USA, 1966

TV-series Great Bible Adventures

Hugh O'Brian, Joseph Wiseman, Katharine Ross, Eduardo Ciannelli


Joseph, the favorite son of his father Jacob, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who tell his father that the young man was killed by a lion. As a slave in the house of the pharaoh (Joseph Wiseman), he gains fame for his ability to correctly predict the future. He eventually rises to become a minister for the pharaoh. Among Joseph's prophecies was a period of severe drought after seven years of plentiful harvests. He advised the pharaoh to order the building of great granaries to store wheat during the plentiful years, so that the Egyptians would have sufficient food during the lean years. Joseph's brothers suffered during the famine and brought their families to Egypt in hopes of purchasing food. When they arrived in Egypt they discovered Joseph was no longer a slave; in fact, as the pharaoh's chief minister, he had the power to sell them grain... Or order them killed. (source: IMDb)

Pilot episode for an unsold proposed television series based on various Bible stories. Shown in 1966 in ABC Television "Preview Tonight", an anthology series consisting of pilot episodes for programs ABC considered for future productions.

The Daleks' Master Plan
UK, 1966

TV-series Doctor Who

William Hartnell, Peter Purves, Jean Marsh, Derek Ware

Upon arriving by Tardis on the planet Kembel, Doctor Who finds a message left by Marc Cory, detailing a Dalek's master plan to use a time destructor to take over the universe. The Doctor steals the Taranium core needed to fuel the destructor, and is then pursued across time and space by the Daleks. In the course of these events, the Tardis also arrives in ancient Egypt where it materialises in a tomb. While the Doctor tries to repair the Taris' damaged door lock, his companions Steven and Sara are arrested as looters by the guards of the nearby pyramid and accused of being in league with the Daleks, who have killed a number of other guards. After a successful escape Steven and Sara, looking for the Doctor, find the Tardis inside a pyramid, but the Doctor is nowhere to be found. They are captured by The Daleks and thus force The Doctor to hand over the Taranium in exchange. The doctor and his companions manage to escape while the pyramid guards disable some of the Daleks. They then time travel back to the planet Kembel in a bid to recapture the Taranium form the Daleks.

The Daleks' Master Plan is the fourth story of Season 3 of the legendary cult BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who". This particular story consists of a total of twelve episodes. The ancient Egyptian sequence take place in episodes 9 "Golden Death" and 10 "Escape Switch" and features several Egyptian warriors and 'slaves', as well as persons called Tuthmos and Hyksos. The 1st episode "The Nightmare Begins" is one of the still missing episodes of the series, with no known film or videotape copies existing.

The Mummy's Shroud
USA, 1967

John Phillips, Andre Morell, Elizabeth Sellars
Directed by John Gilling


In 1920 an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian child prince. Returning home with their discovery, the expedition members soon find themselves being killed off by a mummy, which can be revived by reading the words off the prince's burial shroud.

La Sfinge d'Oro
Italy/Spain/Egypt, 1967

Robert Taylor, Anita Ekberg
Directed by Luigi Scattini, Kamel el Sheik


A famed archeologist travels to Egypt to find a legendary glass sphinx which contains an elixir that guarantees immortality. Joined by his niece and a journalist on his trek, the archeologist finds himself seduced by his secretary and facing all sorts of dangerous situations. (source: tcm.com)

English title: "The Glass Sphinx".

The Malevolent Mummy
USA, 1967

TV-series The New Adventures of Superman


Clark and Lois accompany a famous scientist on a dig in Egypt, where Lois accidentally awakens an ancient mummy from its tomb. With Lois' life in danger, Clark changes to Superman, rescues Lois and stops the mummy's rampage through Egypt.

Episode 35 of the animated tv-series "The New Adventures of Superman", based on the popular Superman comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series ran for 3 seasons, totalling 68 episodes.

The Mummy
USA, 1967

TV-series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Bob Dowdell

Seaview is charged with transporting a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy to a middle-eastern nation in the hopes that the return of the national treasure will help stabilize that nation and prevent a war from breaking out. Soon the crew is affected by a spell and the mummy goes on the loose destroying everything in its path.

Episode 78 of the epic television sci-fi series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea". The Egyptian mummy in this episode, by the way, is contained in a steel sarcophagus!

Ōgon Bat

Japan, 1967

Directed by Kujiro Yanagida, Seiji Sasaki, Tadao Wakabayashi


Ōgon Bat is a “god of justice and protector of the weak” from Atlantis who was put into suspended animation in an Egyptian sarcophagus to be awakened in the future to fight the forces of evil. His sarcophagus is discovered in modern times by Prof. Yamatone and his daughter Marie in a tomb in Egypt. When Yamatone's family is threatened by the henchman of the evil Dr. Nazō, Marie starts to cry and begs for help. Her tears fall on Ōgon Bat's body and reanimate him. From then on, and in every episode of the series, he appears in the shape of a masked vigilante, The Golden Bat, whenever Marie asks for his help.

Animated cartoon or Anime based on the manga Ōgon Bat (黄金 バット or "Golden Bat") by Takeo Nagamatsu. The series ran for 52 episodes in 1967-68.

The Mummy
USA, 1967

TV-series Get Smart

Don Adams, Edward Platt, Lisa Gaye
Directed by Earl Bellamy


Max, who works as an agent for a U.S. government spy agency, is sent to The Metropolitan Museum that is suspected to be involved in the disappearance of several CONTROL agents. When Agent 24 disappears in the middle of a meeting with Max, the Chief knows counter-organization KAOS must be involved. Max goes undercover at the museum and it turns out KAOS is using Egyptian mummy cases to secretly ship CONTROL agents out of the country.

Episode from the comedy series "Get Smart" that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.

Rama Tut
USA, 1967

TV-series The Fantastic Four

Directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera


Finding an ancient Egyptian tablet with the face of their team on it, the 'Fantastic Four' use a time machine to travel to ancient Egypt and find out what happened. There they encounter the powerful dictator Rama-Tut.

Episode from the animated series "The Fantastic Four". Along with Spiderman this was one two animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera based on Marvel Comics characters. The series lasted only two seasons and was cancelled because of parental concern over TV violence in the late 1960s.

October 3, 1967
USA, 1967

TV-series The Jerry Lewis Show

Ben Gazzara and Janet Leigh join Jerry Lewis in two comedy sketches, one involving an exploratory trip through an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Episode (which aired on 3 October 1967) from the variety/sketch comedy series "The Jerry Lewis Show" named after its host Jerry Lewis. After splitting with his former partner Dean Martin in 1956 he tried several own shows, but none were really successful. "The Jerry Lewis Show" lasted only two seasons.

Love in Karnak
غرام في الكرنك

Egypt, 1967

Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim
Directed by Aly Reda

Story of an up and coming Egyptian dance troup that wants to become famous. They work hard to lure the tourists away from the monuments and the tombs of the pharaohs.

As part of a series of government-sponsored movies centered around the Mahmoud Rida Troupe of Folkloric Arts that recycled traditional Egyptian song and dance forms, "Love in Karnak" is the first film in the series that abandons studio drawing room and nightclub sets for the great outdoors. As the title suggests, the movie features several scenes and dance performances among the ancient monuments in the Luxor/Karnak area, such as the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. There is even a Hollywood style back-in-time dream sequence in which lead dancer Mahmoud Rida fantasizes an encounter with Pharaoh on a lavish court set.

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot

Japan, 1967


A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot.

Live action series of 26 episodes created between 1967 and 1968 based on the original Giant Robo (ジャイアントロボ) manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. The titular robot has clearly Egyptian features such as a nemes-like headdress, but the storyline itself contains no references to any ancient Egyptian origin. See also the later (1992) animated adaptation entitled "Giant Robo - The Day Earth Stood Still" or "Giant Robo - The Animation".

The Tomb of the Cybermen
UK, 1967

TV-series Doctor Who

Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling
Directed by Morris Barry


The Doctor's TARDIS arrives on the planet Telos where an archaeological expedition, led by Professor Parry, is trying to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen. With help from the Doctor, the archaeologists finally manage to enter the tombs. There, two of the party reveals themselves to be planning to revive the Cybermen. They want to use their strength, allied with the intelligence of their own Brotherhood of Logicians, to create an invincible force for conquest. It transpires however that the tomb is actually a giant trap designed to lure humans suitable for conversion into Cybermen - a fate that almost befalls both Logicians. After fending off an attack by Cybermats, small but dangerous cybernetic creatures, the Doctor finally defeats the Controller and his revived Cybermen, and reseals the tombs, destroying the Controller in the process.

Set of four episodes (1.5 hrs in total) from the fifth season the British sci-fi cult series "Doctor Who" about a time-travelling adventurer known only as "The Doctor". Though the episode contains no direct references to ancient Egypt, the featured tomb of the Cybermen contains enough parallels with it, or at least with what popular culture expects such a tomb to be. It has massive ancient looking tomb doors, booby trapped to prevent those less than worthy from entering, and hieroglyphic-like cybermen depicted on the wall; the dormant cybermen discovered in the tomb are locked up in standing sarcophagus-like cases, their coming to life feels quite eerie, and even the small cybernetic creatures called Cybermats scurrying around are somewhat reminiscent of the scarabs from the more recent mummie movies. The long running "Doctor Who" series, started in 1963 and (after a short break) still running today, has various episodes that contain more direct references ancient Egypt, in particular to to aliens who (supposedly) were revered as gods by the ancient Egyptians. See elsewhere in this list.

The Race against Time
USA/Japan, 1967

TV-series Speed Racer (マッハGoGoGo)

Directed by Peter Fernandez

When an archaeologist is murdered during the Sahara Race, Speed tries to fulfill the dying man's last request -- to find his daughter, lost in the Egyptian ruins. Speed finds her, but she's amnesiac and believes she is Cleopatra. To gain her trust, Speed must pass a series of tests, including a gladiator fight and retrieving a statue from the top of a pyramid.

Episode 28 from the American adaptation (Speed Racer) of the Japanese made Anime television series マッハGoGoGo (Mach GoGoGo!). Originally serialized in manga print form by Tatsuo Yoshida, from 1967 to 1968 it ran as a television series in seperate Japanese and American adaptations with a total of 52 episodes. In 1997, a modernized version appeared in Japan with 34 episodes. An English adaptation of this remake in 2002 only saw 11 episodes due to licensing disputes.

Fenomenal e il tesoro di Tutankamen
Italy, 1968

Mauro Parenti, Lucretia Love, John Karlsen
Directed by Ruggero Deodato


Gangs of thieves steal the mask of Tutankamen from a special display in Paris. The mask changes hands several times, with black-clad superhero Fenomenal popping up now and again with his lame karate chopping.

Astérix et Cléopatre
Belgium/France, 1968

Directed by René Goscinny, Lee Payant, Albert Uderzo


The famous Gauls named Asterix and Obelix put their strength to work by helping an architect for a bet between Cleopatra and Caesar.

Animation based on the René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo comic strip. English title: "Asterix and Cleopatra".

Pink Sphinx
USA, 1968

TV-series The Pink Panther


The Pink Panther is in Egypt on an expedition to uncover a buried tomb containing ancient treasures, and he has only enough money to purchase a tiny camel that can't carry the load of tools that the Pink Panther has and that resists all the panther's attempts to force it to do so.

Animation short.

The Curse of Thut
USA, 1968

TV-series The New Adventures of Huck Finn

Kevin Schultz, Michael Shea, Lu Ann Haslam
Directed by Bruce Bilson


Tom, Huck, and Becky are in Egypt where they encounter a mummy ("Kharis") looking for his lost love ("Ananka! Ananka!"). But they are soon captured by thieves who are using him to steal valuable pyramid treasures. Eventually the three heroes help Kharis find Ananka's tomb. She rises from her coffin, embraces him, and kisses him on the lips, at which point their bodies disintegrate. Tom and his friends watch as Kharis and Ananka ride off to heaven on a ghostly camel - in their original forms. (synopsis thanks to Anthony Durrant)

Episode 2 of the 20-episode NBC television series "The New Adventures of Huck Finn" after the famous book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" by Marc Twain. Mixed live-action and animation. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who also gave us The Flintstones. Interestingly, in this production, Becky, Tom, and Huck are live-action characters, while the bad guys and assorted others are animated.

The Solar Sphinx
Canada/USA, 1968

TV-series Rocket Robin Hood


An attack by Robin, Will and Little John on what looks like a tax collecting ship owned by Prince John has an unexpected result. The trio are captured and transported to the planet Nilor, which bears a resemblance to ancient Egypt in terms of its structures. The ruler, Emperor Tut, has a proposal for the Robin and his friends with unpleasant consequences promised if they turn him down.

Episode 41 of the animated adventure sci-fi series "Rocket Robin Hood", which is about Robin Hood of Sherwood Asteroid, a space age version of the medieval outlaw who continues his ancestor's crusade against heavy taxation, despotism, and the general forces of evil. The series, which ran for 147 episodes from 1966 until 1969, uses quite a number of elements derived from the ancient classical world. "The Solar sphinx" is the only episode that plays in an Egyptian setting. An earlier episode entitled "The Dark Galaxy" (#37) features a planet with East Indian and Egyptian architecture and some mummy-robots in the service of the forces of evil, but has nothing else of Egyptological interest and was therefore omitted from this list. And contrary to what the title suggests, the episode entitled "Cleopatra Meets Little John" (#16) is about a female dinosaur with that name. It was therefore also omitted.

The Night of the Egyptian Queen
USA, 1968

TV-series The Wild Wild West

Robert Conrad, Ross Martin
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky


A priceless ruby is stolen from an Egyptian exhibit at the San Franciso Museum. When West and Gordon are commissioned to recover the jewel, they led to a waterfront bar where they notice the ruby on the toe of a beautiful young woman dancing on the table. Gordon, disguised as a sea captain, chases the dancer but fails to capture her or the ruby. As West gets closer to the dancer, he discovers that he has competition from two other unsavory characters who will stop at noting to get their hands on the valuable gem.

Episode 88 of the television series "The Wild Wild West", which ran for 106 episodes between 1965 and 1969. Playing in the 1880's, it centers around James West and Artemus Gordon, two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil.

Fair Egypt
Canada, 1968

TV-series Wojeck

John Vernon, Patricia Collins, Carl Banas, Ted Follows


This comic script juxtaposes the story of Madame Czerensky, a beautiful but aging woman who fears that someone is trying to kill her, with the story of a museum publicist with a mummy to bury and in need of a death certificate. Coroner Steve Wojeck discovers that the cause of the mummy's death and the source of Madame Czerensky's illness are the same: both used a mud pack from Egypt which contained arsenic; consequently both Madame Czerensky and the mummy suffered from their vanity. (source: IMDb)

Episode from the television series "Wojeck" about a coroner searching for truth and justice with the help of his friends.

Grobowiec Faraona
Poland, 1968

TV-series Bolek i Lolek

Directed by Wladyslaw Nehrebecki


Bolek and Lolek are in Egypt where they get trapped inside a pyramid. There they struggle with a shady looking character who tries to get to its treasures. They finally manage to wrap him up like a mummy and deliver him to the authorities.

Episode from the Polish animated children television series "Bolek i Lolek" (Bolek i Lolek Wyruszaja w Swiat) about two young brothers and their fun adventures which often involve spending a lot of time outdoors. Most episodes do not have dialogues. The series ran between 1963 and 1986 for a total of 150 episodes.

Egyptian Statues
UK, 1968

TV-series Marty

Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin

Short sketch from episode 4 of the British tv comedy series "Marty", starring comedy writer, comedian and actor Marty Feldman.

The Night of Counting the Years

Egypt, 1969

Zouzou El Hakim, Ahmad Hegazi, Nadia Lufty, Ahmed Marei
Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam (شادي عبدالسلام)


In 1881 at Deir el-Bahari near Thebes, Wanis, the son of a tribal sheikh, inherits the secret of a previously undiscovered pharaonic tomb with royal mummies from his father. While the family is plotting the illegal robbery of the tomb without any notion of its historical, cultural or national value, the sensitive Wanis gets more and more alienated from his environment. Finally he reveals the secret to the antiquities authorities, headed by French egyptologist Gaston Mapero.

English title: "The Night of Counting the Years". Notably the only full-length feature film by acclaimed director Shadi Abdel Salam (1930-1986). The film was met with so little recognition from the Egyptian Film Organization that the official premiere did not take place before 1975, even though in 1970 it was awarded prizes both in Venice and Carthago. Before al-Mummia, Abdel Salam had already worked as costume designer, set designer and art-director on Cleopatra by Joseph Mankiewicz (1963) and Saladin by Youssef Chahine (1963). He died without having found a producer for his second major project about ancient Egypt, the history of pharaoh Akhnaton.

The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals
USA, 1969

John Carradine, Anthony Eisley
Directed by Oliver Drake


A professor of Egyptology steals a couple of mummies. When trying to revive an ancient curse he is turned into a jackal. Soon other mummies awake and they start roaming Las Vegas.

Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too
USA, 1969

TV-series Scooby Doo, Where are You!


The gang decides to help the professor set up a mummy exhibit, but the mummy keeps disappearing from the exhibit. Turns out the mummy is having a blast turning people into stone.

Episode from the earliest adaptation of the popular animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions featuring the many adventures of a talking Great Dane named Scooby-Doo and four teenagers.

Samantha's Caesar Salad
USA, 1969

TV-series Bewitched

Elizabeth Montgomery, Elizabeth Thompson, Jay Robinson


Hoping to help Samantha in the kitchen, maid and witch Esmerelda tries to whip up a caesar salad. Instead, she produces Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, who is incensed that history has branded him a dictator. Unable to rid herself of the volatile house guest, Samantha decides to lure Caesar back to his own time by conjuring up Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Episode 173 of the successful series "Bewitched" about the adventures in the mixed marriage of a nose-twitching witch called Samantha and her mortal husband, Darrin. The series ran for 254 episodes between 1964 and 1972.

La Muchacha del Nilo
Spain, 1969

Pilar Arenas, Frank Braña, Rory Calhoun, Ramón Centenero
Directed by José María Elorrieta


Rugged adventurer Calhoun searches in Egypt for the tomb of queen Artatama, rumoured to contain a legendary emerald. He does not believe the tale that whoever comes into possession of the emerald dies a horrible death.

Produced by Troma Entertainment, an American film company that produces very low-budget independent movies, known for their surrealistic or automatistic nature, along with their use of shocking imagery. Many have developed cult followings.

Cäsar und Cleopatra
Germany, 1969

O.E. Hasse, Violetta Ferrari
Directed by Ulrich Erfurth


Television version of George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", possibly a recreation of a theatre performance of the same piece by the same director at the so-called 'Bad Hersfelder Festspiele' of the same year.

Yusuf İle Züleyha
Turkey, 1969

Cüneyt Arkın, Necdet Tosun, Yasemin Alev, Füruzan
Directed by E. Koushan

Turkish rendering of the story of (the biblical) Joseph and Potiphar's wife, situated in ancient Egypt, based on the 12th ('Joseph') chapter of the Quran.

The Nine Ages of Nakedness
UK, 1969

George Harrison Marks, Charles Gray, Bruno Elrington, June Palmer
Directed by George Harrison Marks


Erotic movie in which an impotent photographer is sent back in time by his phychiatrist to explore the sexual habits of his ancestors, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.

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