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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dr. Cream
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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
Joe King ...
Inspector O'Matthews
Harold Goodwin ...
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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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A chamber of horrors becomes a murder hideout! 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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1.37 : 1
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The twenty-fifth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

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

Charlie Chan: Every bird seeks its own tree and every tree its bird.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) 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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