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Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

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

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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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Another Lovely Woman Vanished from the Earth!...Another Beauty Molded to His Desire! See more »


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18 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Although the title had been changed to "Mystery of the Wax Museum", the leaders on the original release prints still gave the title as "Wax Museum". See more »

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The bottle of whiskey that the officer picks up is clearly not leaking in the long shot, but in the close up shot, it shows the liquid practically pouring from the bottom. See more »

Quotes

Florence: [describing the disfigured man's appearance] And that face, it was like an African war mask.
Detective: You mean he was colored?
Florence: I don't know what he was, but he made Frankenstein look like a lily.
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Referenced in Son of Frankenstein (1939) See more »

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The Prisoner's Song
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Written by Guy Massey
Sung a cappella by Glenda Farrell
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Blood, Wax and Insanity
6 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1921, in London, Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill) is an artist, sculpting masterpieces in wax and exposing them in a small and non-profitable museum. When his partner proposes a criminal fire to receive the insurance, Ivan does not accept and fights with him, but he is knocked out and left in the burning place. In 1933, in New York, the crippled Ivan Igor reappears in a wheelchair and with hands destroyed by fire, preparing the grand-opening of his London Wax Museum. Meanwhile, the snoopy reporter of the New York Express Florence Dempsey (Glenda Farrell) is investigating the death of a woman, and finds that many corpses had vanished from the city morgue. She suspects that Ivan is stealing the bodies and covering them with wax for the museum.

"The Mystery of the Wax Museum" is a creepy and funny classic horror movie, with a great story of insanity of a passionate artist that loses his ability to sculpt statues of wax, and decides to cover corpses with wax to expose in his museum. The creepy make-up of Lionel Arwill is very impressive and the art direction is awesome. This practically unknown film is better and better than the 1953 remake with Vincent Price. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Crimes do Museu" ("The Crimes of the Museum")


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