Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

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The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.




  • Monica Bannister in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
  • Michael Curtiz and Fay Wray in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
  • Lionel Atwill, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, THE, Warner Bros., 1933, **I.V.
  • Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, THE, Warner Bros., 1933, **I.V.
  • Matthew Betz and Glenda Farrell in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
  • Monica Bannister and Glenda Farrell in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

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9 February 2004 | boris-26
Landmark horror film that should not be missed
In the early 1930's Jack Warner was under contract to use the Two-strip technicolor process on a Warner Brothers film. Unfortunately, this primitive form of color cinematography had a limited pallet of colors. Everything had an unnatural pastel look. Warner wisely choose a genre not dependent on reality- the horror film. Their first color horror film was DOCTOR X, a wild and macabre who-dunnit complete with scary murders, truly mad doctors and a cannibal. DOCTOR X, released in 1932, was enough of a success, that Warner Brothers reunited it's director, Michael Curtiz, the two leads, Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, and the two strip Technicolor process for yet another horror film. The new film, simply titled WAX MUSEUM during production was a fast moving creepy chiller that mixed the gloom of Depression era New York with the creepy going-ons of a wax museum. The film begins in 1921. Sculptor Ivan Igor (a bohemian looking Lionel Atwill), so obsessed creating his wax museum, that he ignores that he and his partner, Worth (Edwin Maxwell) are in deep financial trouble. Worth sets fire to the museum to collect on a fire insurance policy. The museum is destroyed, and Igor is left a cripple with useless hands.

Twelve years later, in Manhattan, Igor opens a new wax museum. At the same time, a wisecracking reporter, Florence (Glenda Farrell) tracks a hot case of the corpse of a recently murdered socialite stolen from the morgue. She begins to suspect that creepy wax museum downtown of stealing bodies and posing them as wax statues. What makes things worse, is that her best friend, Ruth (Fay Wray) is dating the most innocent of the questionable wax-workers. THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is a DVD shelf must-have.

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