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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
Charles Belden (story)
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Release Date:
25 April 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Is this movie as much fun in 2D? See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Grace Lee 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)
Eric Stacey .... property master (uncredited)
Red Turner .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Julian Gunzburg .... visual consultant (as Julian Gunzburg M.D.)
 
Stunts
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Steimer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
 
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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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
While looking for a script for a new Gary Cooper vehicle, director Andre de Toth came across "Mystery of the Wax Museum" and had the idea of redoing it in 3-D. He convinced Jack Warner, who gave him a budget of $1,250,000. De Toth finished it in 28 days for $618,000.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end, Jarret, a cripple in a wheelchair, is cornered by the NYPD in his laboratory. The supposed cripple is able to run up a flight of stairs like an Olympic athlete while trying to flee.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Henry Jarrod:I'm afraid that the visit of a such distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me their creator, they live and breathe.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Is this movie as much fun in 2D?, 24 January 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

Perhaps I've been lucky. I've only seen this film twice in the past 15 years, but both times were in 3D, the second time last night. The crowd just loved it, with a big round of applause at the end.

The paddle ball scene is a highlight, but the reprise of the paddle ball is even more hilarious. It's completely over the top, and helps to create the carnival atmosphere that makes the film so effective in a large group.

The really dramatic 3D effects in this film are played for laughs, and I think that's one of the keys to its overall success. Director André De Toth treats the gimmick as a gimmick, and doesn't try to get more out of it than that. Hitchcock, in "Dial M For Murder", tried to use the technology for dramatic effect, but that was a complete failure. The gimmick gets in the way of real drama. The attempted murder of Grace Kelly in "Dial M" is more shocking in 2D. In 3D, you're completely jolted out of your involvement in the scene when Grace's grasping hand comes lunging halfway out into the audience at you.

In "House of Wax", the effect found its real home, a melodramatic thriller, played by everyone with tongue firmly in cheek.

De Toth composes his shots really nicely, I think. There's some foregrounding of chandeliers and other props, but never too much. He mostly holds back on the effect until he can make the best use of it -- the paddle ball, the can-can dancer's round bottom, the bust of Charles Bronson at the end. There is one great 3D thrill, the shot where Bronson, playing Vincent Price's evil mute assistant, has to grapple with policeman Frank Lovejoy. Bronson appears to leap out of the audience and onto the screen; it's an unexpected moment, and a real treat.

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