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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Florence is studying the wax figure of Joan of Arc she glances down and sees a tag laying in a crate, when she picks it up she's not wearing gloves but is wearing them when she puts the tag in her pocket. See more »

Quotes

Florence: [after Charlotte hangs up the phone after talking to Ralph] Who was that? Penny Ante?
Charlotte Duncan: Mmm-hmm, why?.
Florence: Just wondering, did you invite him to lunch or did he invite you?
Charlotte Duncan: Well I don't want to offend you, but, frankly, that's none of your business. I don't interfere in any of your affairs.
Florence: I don't have any affairs.
[sits up and shouts]
Florence: What do you mean?
Charlotte Duncan: I don't think you could have a real affair, I don't think you could care for anyone.
Florence: Oh please, I've been in love so many times my heart's calloused, ...
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Soundtracks

The Prisoner's Song
(1925)(uncredited)
Written by Guy Massey
Sung a cappella by Glenda Farrell
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Remember this forgotten masterpiece
10 June 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A genuinely frightening film from Michael Curtiz, jack of no trades and master of all. Many of the tricks of classic 1930's horror are here, including the opening scene set in a dark, rainy London street, the long shadows on the wall, lengthy periods of silence, and all timed to perfection. Only the faster-than-the-speed-of-sound dialogue of Glenda Farrell truly lets the film down. But other than that it is a gothic masterpiece, an underrated movie probably due to the fact that it lay undiscovered, thought lost, for over half a century. Far more inventive and imaginative than the majority of horror films made today.


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