House of Wax (1953)
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here we have Joan of Arc - a favorite subject of mine.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Everything I ever loved has been taken away from me, but not you, my Marie Antoinette, for I will give you eternal life.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Once in his lifetime, every artist feels the hand of God, and creates something that comes alive.
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.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here we have two great lovers from the past. Cleopatra Queen of Egypt and Marc Antony, their last meeting. You'll recall that Antony, believing Cleopatra to be dead,killed himself with his own sword. When Cleopatra discovered what had happened, she quickly followed her lover.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here's President Lincoln and his assassin John Wilkes Booth. One of my few concessions to the macabre.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: People say they can see my Marie Antoinette breathe; that her breast rises and falls. Look at her eyes. They follow you where ever you go. She's very real to me.
Bruce Allison: You know her eyes do follow you.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: They're made of glass, more's the pity, the exact size and color of the original. They're inserted into the sockets from inside by way of the hollow neck before the head is attached to the body.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: [speaking to the figure of Marie Antoinette] Forgive me, my dear, for discussing your intimate secrets.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: [to the men accompanying him] Oh, I'm sorry. I lose myself at times.
Sidney Wallace: Professor, if people knew what you have inside these walls, you couldn't accomodate the crowds. What you need here is exploitation - more advertising.
Bruce Allison: Thats exactly what I've been telling him.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Oh, my partner wouldn't agree. He's not happy here. He wants to invest in something else. Mr. Wallace, would you care to become a partner in this venture? Would you buy him out?
Sidney Wallace: You know, I might take you up on that offer, if my lawyers approve and the price is right.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: With your support I could do wonders. I'd make any sacrifice.
Sidney Wallace: Unfortunately, I'm leaving this weekend for Egypt. I'm financing some excavations there. However, I'll be back in three months - then I'll be glad to discuss the deal.
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.
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.
Cathy Gray: Oh yeah he's a free spender alright, a little bit older than I like them, but awfully distinguished looking, I'm moving up
[stops and breaths in slowly]
Cathy Gray: , I'm moving up honey, no girl ever hits the jackpot till after she passes 14th street.
Sgt. Jim Shane: [looking at the wax figure of Joan Of Arc who resembles Cathy Gray] That's a copy of her face alright, but she didn't look that way the night we saw her at Ma Flannigan's rooming house.
Lt. Tom Brennan: Not so composed, huh.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: [heavy with menace after Sue unwigs Cathy] You shouldn't have done that, my dear!
Lt. Tom Brennan: You know, Shane, by the time this guy gets out of Sing Sing, this head will grow a long beard.
Sue Allen: It's sort of a shock to see your head detached that way.