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House of Wax (1953)

 -  Horror  -  25 April 1953 (USA)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

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Frank Lovejoy ...
Det. Lt. Tom Brennan
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Sue Allen
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Cathy Gray
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Scott Andrews
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Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke ...
Mrs. Andrews
Paul Cavanagh ...
Sidney Wallace
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Sgt. Jim Shane
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Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Reggie Rymal ...
The Barker
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Professor Henry Jarrod is a true artist whose wax sculptures are lifelike. He specializes in historical tableau's such a Marie Antoinette or Joan of Arc. His business partner, Matthew Burke, needs some of his investment returned to him and pushes Jarrod to have more lurid exposes like a chamber of horrors. When Jarrod refuses, Burke set the place alight destroying all of his beautiful work in the hope of claiming the insurance. Jarrod is believed to have died in the fire but he unexpectedly reappears some 18 months later when he opens a new exhibit. This time, his displays focus on the macabre but he has yet to reproduce his most cherished work, Marie Antoinette. When he meets his new assistant's beautiful friend, Sue Allen, he knows he's found the perfect model - only unbeknown to anyone, he has a very particular way of making his wax creations. Written by garykmcd

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wax | sculptor | fire | wax museum | morgue | See All (37) »

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Release Date:

25 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wax Works  »

Box Office

Budget:

$658,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$23,750,000 (USA)
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Prof. Jarrod tells how Anne Askew was tortured on suspicions of treason, and he erroneously says that she confessed. She was ultimately burned in 1546 because she would not confess. See more »

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Prof. Henry Jarrod: People say they can see my Marie Antoinette breath, that her breast rises and falls , look at her eyes they follow you where ever you go.
Bruce Allison: You know her eyes do follow you.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: They're made of glass mores the pity, the exact size and color of the originals, they're inserted from inside by way of the hollow neck before the head is attached to the body
[looking at the figure of marie antoinette]
Prof. Henry Jarrod: forgive me my dear for discussing your intimate secrets, forgive me gentlemen I lose myself at times.
Sidney Wallace: ...
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Referenced in The Nutcracker (2008) See more »

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On the Rue de la Paix
(uncredited)
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Danced by the can-can dancers
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Excellent.
8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

A sculptor of wax figures for a museum is horrified when his partner proposes setting fire to the unpopular museum in order to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men have a fight. The sculptor is knocked out in the scuffle and left to "perish" among the flames. He resurfaces many years later for the launch of his own wax museum. The opening coincides with the sudden disappearance of some dead bodies from the city morgue. His assistant begins to suspect his boss of foul play, especially after the deranged wizard of wax begins eyeing his assistant's lovely girlfriend as a model for a waxed figure of His assistant begins to suspect his boss of foul play, especially after the deranged wizard of wax begins eyeing his assistant's lovely girlfriend's friend as a model for a waxed figure of Joan of Arc! Great movie! Excellent performance by Vincent Price, some effectively creepy scenes and a good plot make this a must-see! Also, see the updated remake; "Waxworks 1&2". Those are very similar to this film.


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