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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 »
User Reviews:
The House of Wax is a true horror classic! See more (117 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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?

Warner Bros.' first 3-D movie, filmed by director André De Toth - who was blind in one eye and hence could not see the effect.See more »
Continuity: As Sue Allen is laying underneath the wax distributor in the basement of the wax museum, her expressions and movements change from shot to shot.See more »
Sue Allen:It's sort of a shock to see your head detached that way.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV)See more »
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »


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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The House of Wax is a true horror classic!, 16 July 2000
Author: Michael Goldfield ( from Wilton, Connecticut

The House of Wax is a true horror classic! I saw it for the first time in 1953 at a local theatre in 3-D.

I have seen it many times since on video. It never ceases to entertain.

While watching it today I noticed something for the very first time: a most interesting anachronism.

This film takes place in old New York circa 1900. Every indoor scene has a gaslight in it, and the fire department responds with a horse-drawn wagon. Well, in one of the early scenes in the film Prof. Jarrod(Vincent Price)is conducting a prospective investor, Sidney Wallace(Paul Cavanagh), on a tour of his wax museum. There are gas lights everywhere. They arrive at an exhibit and Prof. Jarrod flips a wall switch, and presto the exhibit is illuminated in light. Somebody goofed!

If you've never seen The House of Wax, watch it. You'll love it.

One more interesting note. Dabbs Greer who plays Sergeant Jim Shane in this film also plays old Paul Edgecomb in the 1999 thriller The Green Mile.

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