"The Waxwork" is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Barry Nelson, and Everett Sloane. 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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... Himself - Host
... Raymond Houston
... Mr. Marriner
... Armstrong (as Shai K. Ophir)
Charles Davis ... Museum Guard
Laurence Conroy ... Bourdette
Mavis Neal Palmer ... Museum Attendant (as Mavis Neal)
Betty Fairfax ... Mrs. Nop
Hal Thompson ... Morris (as Hal H. Thompson)
John O'Leary ... Harry
... Murderer's Row guard
Dorothy McKinnon ... Museum employee
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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12 April 1959 (USA)  »

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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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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 »

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Not Such a Bad Story
20 March 2013 | by See 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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