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Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Poster

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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.
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The movie was believed to be lost until the late sixties, when Jack Warner's personal print was rediscovered at his home.
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This film was produced before the Production Code. When it was re-made only 20 years later, as House of Wax (1953), all references to drug use were removed and a character was changed from a junkie to an alcoholic.
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Actress Monica Bannister is credited as playing Joan Gale, but she's never seen as a living person -- only as a corpse and as Joan of Arc in the wax museum.
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The morgue set was recycled from the laboratory set in the earlier "Doctor X," also a two-strip Technicolor horror film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray.
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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".
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To emphasize the similarities between the wax figures and the characters, some names are alike. For example, the suicidal Joan Gale inspires the statue of Joan of Arc. Charlotte, who should have been killed to recreate de figure of Marie Antoinette, was also the real name of the young lady who killed Marat, from the 'Assassination of Marat' depicted in the museum.
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The shot of the 'monster' lifting up the sheet in the morgue was, along with many other Warner Bros. films of the early 1930s, incorporated into the opening credits of their 1974 musical MAME.
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The film takes place in 1921.
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