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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:
Classic Fun-Filled Horror! 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 (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:
Joan Weldon and Vera Miles were both contenders for the role of Sue Allen before Phyllis Kirk was chosen.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the fight scene between Henry Jarrod and his ex-business partner Matthew Burke, Burke grabs a flail and hurls it towards the camera. As the flail reaches the top of the screen, the camera shakes vertically for a moment. This is because the handle of the flail hit the top of the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Sue Allen:It's sort of a shock to see your head detached that way.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Brave Little Toaster (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
On the Rue de la PaixSee more »

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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Classic Fun-Filled Horror!, 20 June 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

House of Wax was one of the few films made in 3D which was a huge success. This may have more to do with the fact that it had a good, strong story and great acting and did not rely solely upon it's 3D special effects.

The late great Vincent Price is Henry Jarrod, a sweet and dedicated artist who creates lifelike mannequins for a wax museum. His statues - depicting everyone from Marie Antoinette & Joan of Arc to John Wilkes Booth - are loved by Henry as much as if they were his own children. When he objects to creating more horrific sculptures to attract more paying customers, his partner sets the museum on fire, hoping to collect a tidy sum in insurance money. Henry supposedly perishes in the flames, trying in vain to rescue his beloved wax friends in a scene which is truly heartbreaking. Some time later, Henry reappears, wheelchair bound and just a tad bitter. He has opened a new wax museum which features realistic scenes of murder and horror, many of them taken from current headlines. Unfortunately, some of them are just a little TOO realistic: one looks like Henry's ex-partner, who was found hanging in an elevator shaft. Was it really a suicide, or something more sinister? Joan of Arc bears a striking resemblance to Cathy Gray, a young girl who has gone missing from her room. And Cathy's friend Sue looks exactly like the lost Marie Antoinette, the pride and joy of Henry's former exhibit. Soon, a horribly scarred monster is chasing Sue through the foggy night time streets. Can the police, and Sue's artistic young suitor, solve the mystery in time? Or will Sue wind up as yet another display in the House of Wax?

This is a wonderful, creepy scare-fest with great sets, beautiful colors and strong performances. Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod is both lovable and horrifying as the kind man driven mad. Charles Bronson, in a very early role, is super freaky as Henry's mute and morbid assistant. Carolyn Jones (in her pre-Morticia Addams days) is blond, pretty Cathy, the squeaky opportunist with the heart of gold. Phyllis Kirk is the sensible Sue, a slightly uptight but genuinely believable victim. The scene where she must run through the deserted, fog-soaked streets is very, convincingly creepy. When Sue actually stops long enough to remove her noisy and cumbersome high heeled shoes, which give away her every step on the cobblestone road, I very nearly applauded. The 3D effects are an added bonus to an already wonderfully fun movie - watch for the classic paddle ball scene!

This is one of Price's best starring role films. It is everything that a good horror film should be - funny without being ridiculous, scary without the gore and fantastical without being far fetched. 10 stars!!! Don't miss it!

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