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Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)

PG | | Horror, Mystery | May 1973 (USA)
The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own... See full summary »

Director:

Georg Fenady

Writers:

Jameson Brewer (screenplay), Andrew J. Fenady (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Harry Flexner
Elsa Lanchester ... Julia Hawthorn
Maurice Evans ... Inspector Daniels
John Carradine ... Claude Dupree
Mark Edwards ... Sergeant Michael Hawks (as Mark W. Edwards)
Louis Hayward ... Tim Fowley
Patric Knowles ... Mr. Southcott
Lisa Lu ... Madame Yang
Steven Marlo ... Karkov
Nicole Shelby Nicole Shelby ... Margaret Collins
Shani Wallis ... Laurie Mell
Broderick Crawford ... Amos Burns
Ben Wright ... First Constable
Mathilda Calnan Mathilda Calnan ... First Charwoman
Peggy Stewart ... Second Charwoman
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Storyline

The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own the museum or if Jack the Ripper has returned to killing after a hiatus of ten years.

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror en el museo de cera See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Georg Fenady and producer brother Andrew J. Fenady shot this film back-to-back with Arnold (1973), with some of the same actors (Elsa Lanchester, Patric Knowles, Shani Wallis, Steven Marlo, Ben Wright, and Leslie Thompson). See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, the wax figures can be seen moving and breathing. See more »

Quotes

[after Harry shows up to work with a hangover]
Julia Hawthorn: You're late and you look a disgrace!
Harry Flexner: I feel splendid!
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Interesting cast, but very dull
18 March 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

John Carradine doesn't last long as Claude Dupree, owner of "Dupree's Wax Museum" in turn-of-the century London, who wears coke-bottle glasses and coaches deformed hunchback half-wit Karkov in the art of wax dummy production. Carradine plots to sell his business to Amos Burns (Broderick Crawford), dreams his creations come to life and kill him, wakes up (love that cap!) and one dressed like Jack the Ripper stabs him. His niece Meg (Nicole Shelby) and her bitchy guardian Julia (Elsa Lanchester) show up to reopen the business and everyone fights about who actually owns the place. After a few more murders, police think the killer is angry museum curator Harry Flexner (Ray Milland), but there are many others after the inheritance.

This Bing Crosby production has poor period detail, is cheap and very restrained (no gore, nudity, bad language), plus there are several unsuccessful attempts to copy Corman-esque nightmare sequences, but the lovable cast of veteran horror stars (also including Maurice Evans from ROSEMARY'S BABY and Patric Knowles from THE WOLF MAN) helps a little.

My favorite moment is when John Carradine snarls, "You know I always insist on perfection!" (Check out his resume!)

Score: 4 out of 10.


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