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Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 6 September 1940 (USA)
An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.

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(original screen play) (as John Larkin), (based on the character created by: Charlie Chan)
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Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
C. Henry Gordon ...
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Joan Valerie ...
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Mary Bolton
Ted Osborne ...
Tom Agnew (as Ted Osborn)
Michael Visaroff ...
Dr. Otto Von Brom
Hilda Vaughn ...
Mrs. Rocke
Charles Wagenheim ...
Willie Fern
Archie Twitchell ...
Carter Lane
Eddie Marr ...
Grenock (as Edward Marr)
Joe King ...
Inspector O'Matthews
Harold Goodwin ...
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A wax museum run by a demented doctor contains statues of such crime figures as Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard. In addition to making wax statues the doctor performs plastic surgery. It is here that an arch fiend takes refuge. The museum also houses a statue of Charlie. Frustrated number-two son kicks statue in rear; oops, number-two son wrong in his assumption. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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4 TIMES IN 18 EERIE MINUTES CHARLIE CHAN FACES DEATH! -- Death from a poison dart! -- Death from a streaking bullet! -- Death from a gleaming dagger! -- Death in the electric chair! (original ad - many caps) See more »


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6 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan en el museo de cera  »

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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 28 December 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Friday 5 March 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 4 September 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 21 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

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When Inspector Matthews comes in through the museum window, his coat is wet from the thunderstorm outside. Seconds thereafter, although his face still has rain dripping from it, his coat is now dry. See more »

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Dr. Cream: [after lighta are out] Don't move! There's a killer among us!
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Follows City in Darkness (1939) See more »

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Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum was a pretty entertaining, if not always logical, entry in the movie series
22 February 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is my third review in a series of them for these days for the films of the Charlie Chan mysteries. It's also my first for the ones starring Sidney Toler as the famed detective with Victor Sen Yung (then billed as simply Sen Yung) as "Number 2 Son" Jimmy. In this one, Chan is a target for execution from a hood that escaped Death Row-which, of the latter, was due to Charlie's testimony-years earlier. I'll stop there and just say that while there's plenty of compelling atmospheric touches and some good humor concerning Jimmy's sneaking around the wax museum's exhibits, the way the whole thing gets revealed at the end seemed a little convoluted for my tastes (it probably didn't help that I almost fell asleep during some of the parts). Still, for the most part, I liked what I saw and I'll probably watch this again someday just to try to sort things out from what I remembered on previous viewing. Oh, and that female reporter (as many such parts in '40s movies tend to be) sure was stunning...


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