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.
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The pristine nature of the paper in the final scene is NOT a goof. The story punchline is that the whole thing happened in Houston's imagination. The final scene dialogue makes clear that Bourdette was actually hanged and had not escaped. Houston's throat is not slit. The wax figure of Bourdette was not even in the gallery during the night Houston spent there. Houston died of fright. Houston dreamed the whole thing. Having Bourdette's ghost, or wax figure come to life in order for the events (including crumpling the paper) to actually have occurred would be appropriate to the Twilight Zone, but not to the Hitchcock series' more naturalistic style. See more