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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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Mary Bolton
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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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6 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan en el museo de cera  »

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Trivia

The wax head near the mummy case appears to be modeled after Clark Gable. 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: Suspicion is the only toy of fools.
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Followed by The Trap (1946) See more »

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"Contradiction please..."
5 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A convicted murderer (Marc Lawrence) escapes and vows revenge on Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). He receives help from an unscrupulous doctor who lures Charlie to his wax museum for a radio show on criminal cases. I realize that sentence doesn't make a lot of sense but trust me it works out okay. "Number Two Son" Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) is especially high-strung in this one. Chan series vet C. Henry Gordon plays humorously-named villain Dr. Cream. Joan Valerie and Marguerite Chapman provide the pretty. Spooky wax museum backdrop is a plus. This one's got lots of suspects and atmosphere to spare. There are also quite a few implausibilities so be prepared to suspend disbelief more than usual. Still, it's good fun.


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