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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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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 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Morgue of Wax See more (114 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)
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
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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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (3 channels)
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:
The alcoholic sculptor was a heroin addict in the original version of the film, Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), but that had to be changed for the remake because the Production Code forbade any mention of drug addiction. (Ironically, a character played by Vincent Price had got away with confessing to drug addiction in Dragonwyck (1946), filmed in 1945, eight years before "House of Wax.")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:
Cathy Gray:[Sue is helping Cathy get ready] Pull it tighter Sue, pull it tighter, I want a waist like Anna Held.
Sue Allen:If I pull it any tighter you're not going to be able to breath.
Cathy Gray:Oh that's alright, I don't need much breath anyway, as my late friend Matty used to say, if a girl don't watch her figure the men won't.
Sue Allen:Matty? Wasn't that the man you were going to marry?
Cathy Gray:Yes but he hung himself instead.
[giggling]
Cathy Gray:Oh Matty was such a card.
Sue Allen:Well where's your new friend going to take you tonight?
Cathy Gray:To the Hauffman House for dinner, then to Tony Pastors for the vaudeville show.
Sue Allen:That sounds like fun.
[...]
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Morgue of Wax, 6 January 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1900, in New York, Prof. Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) is an artist, sculpting masterpieces in wax and exposing them in a small and non-profitable museum. When his partner Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) proposes a criminal fire to receive the insurance, Henry does not accept and fights with him. Henry is knocked out, left in the burning place and considered dead by the insurance company. When Matthew receives the insurance money, a disfigured man kills him, and later many corpses vanish from the city morgue. The crippled Prof. Henry Jarrod reappears in a wheelchair and destroyed hands, preparing the grand-opening of his wax museum. Meanwhile, Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) is impressed with the resemblance of statue of Joan of Arc with her friend Cathy Gray (Carolyn Jones), who was killed and her corpse was missing, and she suspects that her body was covered by wax.

"House of Wax" is good, but also an absolutely unnecessary remake of Michael Curtiz's "Mystery of the Wax Museum", which is better resolved. There are many scenes and dialogs that are identical, and this remake does not add any value to the original movie. Vincent Price performs a creepy character and the movement of his body is one of the greatest differences in this remake. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Museu de Cera" ("Wax Museum")

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