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Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

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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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Complete credited cast:
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Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
C. Henry Gordon ...
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Joan Valerie ...
Lily Latimer
Marguerite Chapman ...
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 ...
Edwards
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en el museo de cera  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The twenty-fifth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. 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 »

Quotes

Inspector O'Matthews: Why won't he talk?
Charlie Chan: Fear is a cruel padlock.
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Follows The Chinese Parrot (1927) See more »

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A little bit too twisted
12 May 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The movie was a little bit too confusing to enjoy properly. Lots of suspects, not enough times to know them more, one little bit too clever detective and you have the ingredients for an hour of complicated mystery.

The mood is good for the genre. The action is settled in a wax museum of past criminals. And of course, there's the famous Charlie Chan with his proverbs and witty remarks. Sidney Toler is good in the role of the Chinese detective.

One quote from the movie. When sentenced to be killed on December the 9th, the guy says: «Oh thanks judge, I won't have to do Christmas shopping»!

Out of 100, I gave it 70. That's ** on a four stars rating system.


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