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The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.

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Florence Dempsey
Frank McHugh ...
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Ralph Burton
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George Winton
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Joe Worth
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Dr. Rasmussen
Claude King ...
Mr. Galatalin
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Sparrow - Professor Darcy
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Detective (as Thomas Jackson)
DeWitt Jennings ...
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Matthew Betz ...
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Monica Bannister ...
Joan Gale
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In London, sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner Worth from burning his wax museum...and his 'children.' Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists. People begin disappearing (including a corpse from the morgue); Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte Duncan, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of Charlotte's roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Images of wax that throbbed with human passion! Almost woman....what did they lack? See more »


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18 February 1933 (USA)  »

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The Mystery of the Wax Museum  »

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The wax figures look like real people because they ARE real people. The original plan was to use actual wax figures, but they melted under the heat of the lights used at the time to film two-strip Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

The glass window in the door goes from having only a small section broken to almost the entire window gone and back to only a small portion gone. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Igor: You know, I might have felt a little discouraged tonight, but now everything is exactly as it should be.
Charlotte Duncan: I'm glad.
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Connections

Referenced in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Prisoner's Song
(1925)(uncredited)
Written by Guy Massey
Sung a cappella by Glenda Farrell
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Thirties Art Deco Masterpiece!
16 February 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The beauty of two-strip Technicolor rendering sensual pastel tones and settings in London (1921) and New York (1933), art direction by legendary Anton Grot, Orry-Kelly gowns, Lionel Atwill at his maddest and Fay Wray in all her splendor, make this one of the finest horror films of not only the 30s but of all time. The pace of this film is fast, the comedy relief enjoyable but not detracting from its story. Atwill imbues his character of Ivan Igor with all the menace and evil he could muster (and that was calibrated in tons!) So far superior to its remake (HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price) that it leaves its competitor in the dust. Easily my favorite film to look at after New Year's Eve parties. Fantastic fun and candy for the eyes with all that streamlined Art Deco grandeur!


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