Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum (1940)




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Escaped gangster Steve McBirney (Marc Lawrence), vowing to get even with Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), lies in wait at a spooky wax museum run by demented plastic surgeon Dr. Cream (Henry Gordon). Chan is lured to the museum's opening day ceremonies on a ruse, along with a variety of strange characters ranging from a girl reporter (Joan Valerie) to a radio announcer (played by real-life announcer Ted Osborn). The subsequent murder spree is complicated by the fact that no one-not even the wily Chan--can tell the wax effigies from real thing. The explanation of the film's events-and the revelation of the killer-are quite a surprise. With Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, 20th Century-Fox's "Chan" series reached its peak: from here, it could only go downhill.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Larkin, John Francis Larkin
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
C. Henry Gordon
as Dr. Cream
Marc Lawrence
as Steve McBirney
Joan Valerie
as Lily Latimer
Marguerite Chapman
as Mary Bolton
Ted Osborn
as Tom Agnew
Michael Visaroff
as Dr. Otto Von Brom
Hilda Vaughn
as Mrs. Rocke
Charles Wagenheim
as Willie Fern
Archie Twitchell
as Carter Lane
Eddie Marr
as Grenock
Joe King
as Inspector O'Matthews
Stanley Blystone
as Court Attendant
Emmett Vogan
as District Attorney
Victor Sen Yung
as Jimmy Chan
Marc Lawrence
as Steve McBirney
Marc Lawrence I
as Steve McBirney
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Typical Toler take on Chan.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Fairly effective, but not one of the best series entries

September 18, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If you disregard all the holes in the story, then you should find this one to be a refreshing thriller.

Full Review… | August 9, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 12, 2005

August 21, 2003

Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum

The murderer is never the point of these films, it's watching the inscrutable Chan (and son) on the chase, defying the odds while keeping the fun element a going concern. Here all concerned ramble about in a ooooo-scary wax museum. By the time the murderer is revealed, taken away by the late arriving police, it hardly matters anyway. That's why they made so many of these ... these Chinese (while having zero to do with anything actually Chinese) hamburgers. I wonder how they'd remake one of these nowadays?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


This is a very enjoyable Charlie Chan film, loaded with mystery and suspense. A killer is loose in the wax museum, but who is it. Film does a good job of making everyone a suspect. With all the mystery and suspense comes some comedy as usual, Sidney Toler does a great job with his sayings. If I was going to see one Chan movie it would be this one. Worth 3 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Above average Charlie Chan entry, Sidney Toler makes a great Chan. Very Typical of the Chan films, fun, suspenseful, amusing and very entertaining.

James Higgins

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