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The Mystery of the Wax Museum-Truly Unique
Where do I start! This film is notable for a few reasons. The Florence character is ahead of her time as a "career girl". The use of one of the characters as a "junkie" was something I have never seen in a 30's movie. It even suggested the police supplied him with "junk" in one of the scenes. Then there was a scene where liquor was found and Florence suggested to the policemen on the location that it was for her alone, because they "had theirs" already. I believe Prohibition was still in effect and this was a dig at the corruption of the time. Even the way the police treated suspects was more true to the time. All these little bits made it a more realistic film. And, the rest of the movie was great, too!
This film is thrilling in its' evil and mysterious plot. the style, color processes, sets, costuming, makeup are all wonderful. the acting and directing are just what us mystery lovers of vintage films want.
It's difficult to believe this film was made in 1933. The film we see today is taken from Jack Warner's personal collection and was a 35mm nitrate print of the film thought long lost. It was restored and released in 1970 and we now have a great relic of the days of old. I absolutely love this film and the actors in it, particularly Frank McHugh (I'm a character actor fan!). There is some good acting in this film and the great Glenda Farrell, as the girl reporter suspicious of what is going on at the museum, is responsible for moving the film along quite briskly. When this film was remade as "House of Wax" with Vincent Price, I was very eager to see it and compare the two "wax" films. Although "House of Wax" was an enormous success, I still prefer this much earlier version. The pace of this film is better and, as much as I really like Vincent Price, I believe this film has better actors than the 1953 version. In the horror genre, this is my favorite film!
- ayana denton
i can sum it up in one sentence......this movie was sooooo good......loved it!!!!!!
Mystery of the Wax Museum
An early technicolor, horror/ comedy. Atwill is a mad wax sculpture who intends to turn Wray into his Marie Antoinette, comic relief comes from Farrell & McHugh as reporters determined to expose Atwill. The early color technology makes the world too cartoonish at times and the comedy seems better suited for a different film. The '53 version entitled "House of Wax" is the better recommendation. I give it a 2.5/5.
Classic Wray & Atwill(1933)
The significance of this film is more historical than entertainment, but that being said seeing Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill in two strip technicolor is more than worth the price of admission. Directed by Michael Curtiz of "Casablanca" fame, this story centers on a sculptor,Mr. Igor(Atwill) who meets with tragic consequences when his partner decides arson is the best way to turn a profit and poof, no more wax museum,at least for the moment. Disfigured in the fire Atwill seeks to use real human bodies to recreate his new museum. This sends the film over the border of disbelief, but the actors provide enough to keep the story going.Fay Wray looking as lovely as ever steals the show. Frank McHugh also stars as the Editor. 4 stars out of 5. Entertaining but unrealistic.The film process adds another dimension.
A Nightmare in Wax.
- Frank Harris Horn
Michael Curtiz directed this early Technicolor horror film classic based on Charles S. Belden's book. Lionel Atwill is menacing as a vengeful wax sculptor, who turns his victims into wax figures. Fay Wray is as beautiful as she was in King Kong (1933) as Atwill's unsuspecting victim. With Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gavin Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Edwin Maxwell, Thomas jackson, Claude King & Matthew Betz.
On DVD Separately
- Jeffrey Kenison
Personally, I'd prefer if this title was on DVD separately...and sooner rather than later. After all, I like Lionel Atwill in this one. Despite the Technicolor looking very mild, it's still technicolor.
it is on dvd
- michael york
this wonderful film is on dvd as a two films in one disc on the flip side of house of wax all hail glenda farrell!!!