Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Feb 17, 1933 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 638
The Mystery of the Wax Museum begins in London in the 1920s. Lionel Atwill plays Ivan Igor, a brilliant sculptor who manages a wax museum. Regarding his historical creations as his friends, Igor refuses the entreaties of his business partner, Joe Worth (Edwin Maxwell), to turn his labor-of-love museum into a more profitable "house of horror." Worth responds by setting fire to the museum, hoping to collect the insurance; as Igor looks on in horror, his effigies of Marie Antoinette, Queen
Feb 17, 1933 Wide
MGM Home Entertainment
Arthur Edmund Carewe
Sparrow (Prof. Darcy...
Hugo (the deaf-mute)
Autopsy Surgeon (unc...
William B. Davidson
Morgue Attendant (un...
Robert E. Homans
Desk Sergeant (uncre...
Copy Editor (uncredi...
Robert E. O'Connor
Joe the Cop (uncredi...
Thomas E. Jackson
Thin Man (uncredited...
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This benefits from Anton Grot's excellent set design but suffers from the decision to make the central character an annoying reporter (Glenda Farrell) who's as much of a hindrance as she is a help to the police.
Has its share of creeps, but noteworthy for its early 2-strip Technicolor.
...the movie's quick-paced dialogue makes it a combination "Front Page" and "Frankenstein," representing two genres picking up steam in the early thirties.
Mystery of the Wax Museum is not without its drawing cards, but it's nowhere near as fun as its eventual remake.
A swell mix of comedy and creepiness
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