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Encyclopedia > Mystery of the Wax Museum
Mystery of the Wax Museum

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Henry Blanke
Written by Story:
Charles S. Belden
Screenplay:
Carl Erickson
Don Mullaly
Starring Lionel Atwill
Fay Wray
Glenda Farrell
Frank McHugh
Music by Cliff Hess
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Editing by George J. Amy
Release date(s) February 17, 1933
Running time 77 minutes
Country Flag of United States United States
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Mystery of the Wax Museum is a mystery/horror Technicolor film released in 1933, and directed by Michael Curtiz. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was a Hungarian-American film director, whose best known films include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and White Christmas. ... Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum Lionel Atwill (March 1, 1885 - April 22, 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London. ... Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress. ... Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress. ... Francis Curray McHugh (May 23, 1898 - September 11, 1981) was an American film and television actor. ... Ray Rennahan (b. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Mystery film is a film genre which uses mystery as an element to the plot. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... See also: 1932 in film 1933 1934 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events British Film Institute founded. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was a Hungarian-American film director, whose best known films include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and White Christmas. ...


The picture stars Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Glenda Farrell, and others.[1] Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum Lionel Atwill (March 1, 1885 - April 22, 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London. ... Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress. ... Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress. ...

Contents

Plot

The setting of the film opens in 1921 London and switches to 1933 New York City, where reporter Florence Dempsey (Glenda Farrell) solves a series of murders that coincide with the opening of a new wax museum. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress. ... A wax figure of Luciano Pavarotti in Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Like the wax museum at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, most wax museums allow visitors to pose for pictures with the figures. ...


Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill) is a sculptor who operates a wax museum in 1921 London. When the business fails, Igor's investment partner, Joe Worth (Edwin Maxwell), burns the museum down for the insurance money, leaving Igor for dead. Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum Lionel Atwill (March 1, 1885 - April 22, 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London. ... A sculpture is a three-dimensional object, which for the purposes of this article is man-made and selected for special recognition as art. ... A wax figure of Luciano Pavarotti in Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Like the wax museum at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, most wax museums allow visitors to pose for pictures with the figures. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Edwin Maxwell (b. ...


Yet, Igor is not killed and reemerges twelve years later in New York City, reopening a new wax museum. His hands and legs have been badly crippled in the fire, and he must rely on assistants to create his new sculptures. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Meanwhile, reporter Florence Dempsey is sent out by her editor, Jim (Frank McHugh) to investigating the suicide of a model named Joan Gale (Monica Bannister). During this time, a hideous monster steals the body of Joan Gale from the morgue. When investigators find that her body has been stolen, they suspect murder. The finger initially points to George Winton (Gavin Gordon), son of a powerful industrialist, but after visiting him in jail, Florence thinks differently. A Female Reporter A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ... Francis Curray McHugh (May 23, 1898 - September 11, 1981) was an American film and television actor. ...


Florence's roommate is Charlotte Duncan (Fay Wray) whose fiance Ralph (Allen Vincent) works at Igor's newly opened museum. Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress. ...


While visiting the museum, Florence notices an uncanny resemblance between a wax figure of Joan of Arc and the dead model. At the same time, Igor spots Charlotte and remarks that she looks similar to his favorite figure in his original museum, a sculpture of Marie Antoinette. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Joan of Arc, or Jeanne dArc in French,[1] (1412 – May 30, 1431)[2] is a 15th century national heroine of France. ... Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ...


Igor employs several shady characters: Prof. Darcy (Arthur Edmund Carewe), a doper, and Hugo, a deaf-mute (Matthew Betz). Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...


Darcy, at the same time, is working for Joe Worth, who is still alive and working as a bootlegger in the city. Winton also purchases liquor from him.


While investigating at an old house where Worth keeps his bootleged alcohol, Florence discovers a monster who is connected with the museum, but cannot prove any connection with the disappearance of Joan Gale's body. Darcy is seen running from the house and is caught by the police. When brought to the station, he breaks down and admits that Igor is in fact the killer and that he has been murdering people, stealing their bodies, and dipping them in wax to create life-like statues.


Charlotte, going to visit Ralph at the museum, is trapped by Igor. When Charlotte tries to get away, she pounds away at his face, breaking a wax mask that he has made of himself, and reveals that he is the horribly mutilated monster. He also shows her the dead body of Joe Worth, who Darcy has been tracking down for him. When she faints, he ties her up and sets her on a table, awaiting her to become his lost Marie Antoinette when she is doused with wax. Florence leads the police to the museum just in time: Charlotte is saved, and Igor is gunned down into a giant vat of wax.


When Florence reports her story in, Jim proposes to her. Having to finally choose between money (Winton) and happiness (Jim), she picks the latter.


Production

Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, and Lionel Atwill

Based on the unproduced three-act play, The Wax Works by Charles Belden, Warner Bros. picked up the story after Belden started writing dialogue for the studio in the early 1930s. A follow-up to their previous horror success Doctor X (1932), Mystery involved some of the same cast, including Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, and Arthur Edmund Carewe. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Doctor X is a First National/Warner Bros. ...


A similar storyline was also used for an episode of the hit radio mystery drama The Shadow, with Orson Welles. It was entitled The Murders In Wax and first aired on July 24, 1938. The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931 with the first story title The Living Shadow. The character is one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s -- made even more famous through a popular radio series originally played by... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The film was remade as House of Wax (1953), directed by Andre De Toth and starring Vincent Price. Whereas the original was more of a mystery film, the remake focused more on the horror film elements. However, the two films shared a common theme-- while Mystery was shot in the early two-color Technicolor system, House of Wax pioneered two other film making techniques: 3-Dimension and stereophonic sound. House of Wax is a 1953 American horror film starring Vincent Price. ... Born Sasvrai Farkasfalvi Tothfalusi Toth Endre Anral Mihaly in Makó, Hungary, (then Austria-Hungary), André De Toth (May 15, 1912 - October 27, 2002) was a prolific director who mostly worked in the old Hollywood studio stystem. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... Mystery film is a film genre which uses mystery as an element to the plot. ... 1922s Nosferatu Horror films are films of the horror genre that are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror from viewers. ... In film, the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images of the third dimension, the illusion of depth as seen by the viewer. ... Label for 2. ...


In 2005, a film called House of Wax was released, but had nothing to do with the initial Belden story. This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... House of Wax is a 2005 horror film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. ...


Mystery of the Wax Museum was the third (and last) Warner Bros. feature film to be filmed in the improved Technicolor process which removed grain and improved both the color and clarity of the film. This improved process had first been used on The Runaround (1931) and resulted in an attempt at a color revival by the studios late in 1931. Due to public apathy, however, the studios quickly retreated from their ambitious plans for color films, late in 1932. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... The Runaround is a song performed by Taylor Hicks, the first single to be released from his major label debut album, Taylor Hicks. ...


Consequently, Mystery of the Wax Museum was the last picture from a major studio in the two-color Technicolor system. Primarily shot in the system in order to fulfill their contract with the company, the process combined red and green dyes to create a color image with a reduced spectrum. But to the credit of the cinematographer, the result is pleasing if not accurate. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ...


The film was once thought lost as the elements to the film were lost in a fire. With no Technicolor negative or print available, it was fortunate that a slightly used, but otherwise complete print was discovered in Jack Warner's private vault. In the 1980s the UCLA Film and Television Archive restored the film so it can be seen as intended, although the 2004 DVD from Warner Bros. maladjusts the colors to give most of the film a blue, rather than green, bias. The film makes fine use of elaborate modern gothic settings and is essential viewing as a landmark of early color and the early 1930s horror cycle. A lost film is a film which, for any of several reasons, is no longer in existence. ... This article is about Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The UCLA Film and Television Archive is an internationally-renowned visual arts organization focused on the preservation, study, and appreciation of film and television, based at the University of California, Los Angeles. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ...


Cast

  • Lionel Atwill as Ivan Igor
  • Fay Wray as Charlotte Duncan
  • Glenda Farrell as Florence Dempsey
  • Frank McHugh as Jim
  • Allen Vincent as Ralph Burton
  • Gavin Gordon as George Winton
  • Edwin Maxwell as Joe Worth
  • Holmes Herbert as Dr. Rasmussen
  • Claude King as Mr. Galatalin
  • Arthur Edmund Carewe as Sparrow, Prof. Darcy
  • Thomas E. Jackson as Detective
  • DeWitt Jennings as Police captain
  • Matthew Betz as Hugo, the deaf-mute
  • Monica Bannister as Joan Gale

Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum Lionel Atwill (March 1, 1885 - April 22, 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London. ... Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress. ... Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress. ... Francis Curray McHugh (May 23, 1898 - September 11, 1981) was an American film and television actor. ... Edwin Maxwell (b. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

See Also

House of Wax is a 1953 American horror film starring Vincent Price. ... House of Wax is a 2005 horror film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Mystery of the Wax Museum at the Internet Movie Database.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

External links

  • Mystery of the Wax Museum at the "Missing Link" web site.
  • Mystery of the Wax Museum at Rotten Tomatoes.

 
 

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