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The Waxwork 

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 »

Director:

Robert Stevens

Writers:

A.M. Burrage (story), Casey Robinson (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Barry Nelson ... Raymond Houston
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Marriner
Shaike Ophir ... Armstrong (as Shai K. Ophir)
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Museum Guard
Laurence Conroy Laurence Conroy ... Bourdette
Mavis Neal Palmer Mavis Neal Palmer ... Museum Attendant (as Mavis Neal)
Betty Fairfax Betty Fairfax ... Mrs. Nop
Hal Thompson Hal Thompson ... Morris (as Hal H. Thompson)
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Harry
Patrick Westwood ... Murderer's Row guard
Dorothy McKinnon Dorothy McKinnon ... Museum employee
Vincent Perry Vincent Perry ... Museum workman (as Vincent G. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Raymond and Mr. Marriner are looking at the "wax" figure of Armstrong, you can see the actor playing Armstrong move slightly and almost blinking. See more »

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Not Such a Bad Story
20 March 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Barry Nelson arrives at a wax museum and asks to spend the night, locked up in a display of the world's worst murderers. He needs to write a story in order to earn enough to pay off a gambling debt from some pretty bad guys. He eventually talks the curator into allowing him to stay, but there are some problems. He must be locked for the night (to protect the property from thieves). It is also made clear to us that he is extremely claustrophobic. As he does his thing, he senses that the wax figures are moving. One in particular, a mesmerist who hypnotized and killed people with a straight razor, seems to slip between the other figures, moving to him with his murderous eyes. I won't ruin the fun, but it is an example of how the mind outdo the body. It's ultimately about fear.


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