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House of Wax -- Vincent Price plays a renowned wax sculptor plunged into madness when an arsonist destroys his life's work.
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Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
Charles Belden (story)
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Release Date:
25 April 1953 (USA) See more »
UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A horror classic, which every fan of the genre should see. Vincent Price's horror persona begins here! See more (115 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Prof. Henry Jarrod
Frank Lovejoy ... Det. Lt. Tom Brennan

Phyllis Kirk ... Sue Allen

Carolyn Jones ... Cathy Gray

Paul Picerni ... Scott Andrews

Roy Roberts ... Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke ... Mrs. Andrews

Paul Cavanagh ... Sidney Wallace

Dabbs Greer ... Sgt. Jim Shane

Charles Bronson ... Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Reggie Rymal ... The Barker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oliver Blake ... Pompous Patron with Watch (uncredited)
Joanne Brown ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Leo Curley ... Portly Man (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Darwin Greenfield ... Lodger (uncredited)
Mary Lou Holloway ... Millie (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Lodger (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Spectator at Wax Museum / Man Entering Music Hall (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Lightner ... Detective (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Spectator at Wax Museum / Man Entering Music Hall (uncredited)
Terry Mitchell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Riza Royce ... Mrs. Flanagan (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Can-Can Dancer (uncredited)
Philip Tonge ... Bruce Allison (uncredited)
Merry Townsend ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Scrubwoman (uncredited)
Ruth Whitney ... Can Can Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Whitney ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jack Woody ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nedrick Young ... Leon Averill (uncredited)

Directed by
André De Toth  (as Andre de Toth)
Writing credits
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

Charles Belden (story)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
Joe Dreier .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
J. Peverell Marley  (as Peverell Marley)
Robert Burks (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
James Kitchen (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Set Decoration by
Lyle B. Reifsnider 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James McMahon .... assistant director (as Jimmy McMahon)
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Red Turner .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Visual Effects by
Julian Gunzburg .... visual consultant (as Julian Gunzburg M.D.)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Janet Wilson .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Jean-Pierre Steimer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Max Steiner .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Milton Gunzburg .... 3-D supervisor (as M.L. Gunzburg)
Lothrop B. Worth .... 3-D consultant (as Lothrop Worth)
Kathryn Stuberg .... wax figures (uncredited)

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88 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (3 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (self applied) (2005) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1953) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1953) | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:Unrated (not approved) (1953) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (re-release) (uncut) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #16385) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The name of Vincent Price's character was changed to Henry Jarrod from Ivan Igor to avoid alienating Russian viewers.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Prof. Henry Jarrod:[heavy with menace after Sue unwigs Cathy] You shouldn't have done that my dear!See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A horror classic, which every fan of the genre should see. Vincent Price's horror persona begins here!, 6 February 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

I love Vincent Price, my all time favourite horror actor. 'House Of Wax' is an important movie in his career, because it was his first legitimate horror film, after thirty something pictures in a variety of genres. This really is where the Price persona fans know and love began. He made non-horror pictures after this, it was a few years later that he made 'The Fly' and the William Castle movies which made him a horror star, something cemented later in the 60s with Roger Corman's Poe movies. But you can see Vincent Price horror icon right here. He's terrific as Jarrod and he would draw upon this role for 'The Mad Magician', and later, the Phibes movies and 'Theatre Of Blood'. 'House Of Wax' is a remake of 'Mystery Of The Wax Museum' made twenty years earlier. In that one Lionel Atwill played the Price role (different name, but same character). Atwill was great but Price is even better, as is the movie overall. 'House Of Wax' sticks pretty much to the earlier movie, but with a few changes, most notably the absence of the girl reporter character that Fay Wray played in the original. In this, the policeman played by Frank Lovejoy ('In A Lonely Place') takes on a similar role. Phyllis Kirk is good as the female lead, better in my opinion than Glenda Farrell in the earlier picture. The supporting cast also includes Carolyn "Morticia Addams" Jones, and an early appearance by Charles Bronson, who plays a deaf mute named Igor. 'House Of Wax' was made specifically for 3D, so there's a few gimmicky shots, but that doesn't spoil the movie, which to me is a horror classic that every fan of the genre should see.

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