Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4, Episode 27

The Waxwork (12 Apr. 1959)

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A writer must spend a night in a wax museum's murderer's gallery, to make good a gambling debt knowingly paid with a bad check to a testy Englishman. The museum's owner is so obsessed with ... See full summary »

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Raymond Houston
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Mr. Marriner
Shaike Ophir ...
Bourdette (as Shai K. Ophir)
Charles Davis ...
Museum Guard
Laurence Conroy
Mavis Neal Palmer ...
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Betty Fairfax ...
Mrs. Nop
Hal H. Thompson
John O'Leary ...
Harry
Patrick Westwood ...
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Dorothy McKinnon ...
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Vincent Perry ...
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A writer must spend a night in a wax museum's murderer's gallery, to make good a gambling debt knowingly paid with a bad check to a testy Englishman. The museum's owner is so obsessed with the accuracy of his replicas, he's as scary as they are. Especially so to the magazine writer from the U.S., who's already facing deportation or a stretch in a London gaol. Written by David Stevens

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Begins with the exact same stock footage of London as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Avon Emeralds (1959), which aired just three weeks earlier. See more »

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Good Premise, Lesser Delivery
1 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The premise is a promising one—a writer spends the night locked in a wax museum with a murderer's row. Given all the creepy potential, the result is, nonetheless, a shade disappointing. The first half is the set-up where the writer (Nelson) gets over-night permission from the museum owner (Sloane). It's a good chance to see real wax figures up close, but it's also padded, probably to build up co-star Sloane's part.

The second half is Nelson inside and does have its creepy moments. The murderer's row looks like a medieval dungeon, however it's also not very spooky and fails to generate the menacing mood that's needed. Also, I'm a bit puzzled by the climax that seems unduly murky. Nelson's fine as the writer, looking a bit like JFK, while Sloane gets to show off his quirky side. But, all in all, the premise promises more than it delivers.

(In passing—IMDb lists Jackie Cooper as the writer, an evident mistake.)


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