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Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Poster

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Character error 

Ivan Igor says that Jean Paul Marat's assassin, Charlotte Corday, was his mistress. Not so - they had never met until she came to his office posing as a courier and quickly stabbed him to death. After her execution a few days later, she was found to be virgo intacta.
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Continuity 

During the opening fire, the first of the wax figures to be set ablaze is the one labeled "Vanity". In some subsequent shots, she is either not on fire at all or in lesser stages of conflagration.
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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.
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During the opening sequence when Igor is showing off his "children," he points out a tableau entitled 'Mother Love' which features a woman nursing an infant surrounded by several children. In long shots the figure of the mother wears a head scarf pulled back exposing her shoulder, while in the close-up the scarf is pulled forward over her bosom (presumably to deemphasize the fact that she is breast feeding).
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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.
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When Ivan is preparing to lower Joan Gale's body out the window, you can see that her feet are still uncovered, but as she is being lowered her feet are suddenly covered.
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In one scene showing the front of the wax museum you see a man in the back ground walking by, the shot shifts a little bit and you see the same man walking by again.
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Florence is facing the figure of Joan Of Arc when she puts the tag in her pocket, appears to be sitting sideways when we see the hand pull the tag out of her pocket, then appears to be facing the figure again in the shot after.
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Florence's scarf goes from being buttoned in the editors office to unbuttoned in the police station, and the button on her scarf changes sides at least once.
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When Florence runs outside and calls for Winton she is facing to the right, but when Winton pulls up he comes from the left.
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As Ivan is talking to Charlotte and Florence , Charlotte's hand alternates between being on her hip to being in front of her.
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In the opening scene of the film, our first shot of Igor is a long shot showing him sculpting a figure with his right hand while he holds a cigarette in his left hand; in the next shot, both of his hands are molding the figure and his cigarette is dangling from his lips.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Early in the movie, the shadow of the camera is visible on the road as the man crosses the street, and then again when Charlotte walks into the police station, this time on the backs of chairs and on the table.
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Revealing mistakes 

The wax statues are played by real people (see trivia). Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc, and Queen Victoria breathe, twitch, flinch, and blink at several points throughout the movie. One statue, knocked over in the London brawl, withdraws her legs from the fighters' path.
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After Worth hits Darrow and he falls against the wall it very noticeably moves showing that it's a prop.
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Florence enters the editors office she is carrying a long horn in her hand, but when she leaves and when she enters the police station she is carrying a much smaller one.
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If you look closely at Ivan Igors burned hands you can tell that he's wearing gloves.
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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.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

The worker who unloads the Voltaire statue in New York is played by the same actor who poses as Judge Ramsey in the press photo, even though the Voltaire statue is supposed to be Judge Ramsey's corpse.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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