A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
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 »
[describing the disfigured man's appearance]
And that face, it was like an African war mask.
You mean he was colored?
I don't know what he was, but he made Frankenstein look like a lily.
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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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