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A sculptor of wax figures for a museum is horrified when his partner proposes setting fire to the unpopular museum in order to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men have a fight. The sculptor is knocked out in the scuffle and left to "perish" among the flames. He resurfaces many years later for the launch of his own wax museum. The opening coincides with the sudden disappearance of some dead bodies from the city morgue. His assistant begins to suspect his boss of foul play, especially after the deranged wizard of wax begins eyeing his assistant's lovely girlfriend's friend as a model for a waxed figure of Marie Antoinette.
UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE! (original print ad
Also Known As:
The Wax Works
Title: House Of Wax
Release Date: April 10, 1953
Runtime: 90 mins
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Sound: Mono, Stereo
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
Andre De Toth
Vincent Price ...Prof. Henry Jarrod
Frank Lovejoy ...Lt. Tom Brennan
Phyllis Kirk ...Sue Allen
Carolyn Jones ...Cathy Gray
Paul Picerni ...Scott Andrews
Roy Roberts ...Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke ...Mrs. Andrews
Paul Cavanagh ...Sidney Wallace
Dabbs Greer ...Sgt. Jim Shane
Charles Bronson ...Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Reggie Rymal ...The barker
Oliver Blake ...Pompous man
Joanne Brown ...Girlfriend
Leo Curley ...Portly man
Frank Ferguson ...Medical Examiner
Darwin Greenfield ...Lodger
Mary Lou Holloway ...Millie
Jack Kenny ...Lodger
Lyle Latell ...Waiter
Richard Lightner ...Detective
Terry Mitchell ...Bit part
Jack Mower ...Detective
Eddie Parks ...Morgue attendant
Grandon Rhodes ...Surgeon
Riza Royce ...Ma Flanagan
Philip Tonge ...Bruce Allison
Merry Townsend ...Ticket taker
Ruth Warren ...Scrubwoman
Grace Lee Whitney ...Bit part
Shirley Whitney ...Girlfriend
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- UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE! (original print ad
- all caps)
- Warner Bros. bring you the first feature produced by a major studio in 3D...
- Nothing that has gone before can compare with this!
- You've never been scared until you've been scared in 3-D.
- Beauty and Terror meet in your seat...as every thrill of its story comes off the screen right at you in NaturalVision 3 dimension
- Now Warners Bros bring you 3 dimension natural vision unlike anything you've seen before! A feature picture! A story sensation!
- The Wax Figures Also Looked Like Other People
- People Who Had Disappeared..........
- Prof. Henry Jarrod: I'm afraid that the visit of a such distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me their creator, they live and breathe.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here we have two great lovers from the past. Cleopatra Queen Of Egypt and Marc Antony, their last meeting. You'll recall that Antony believing Cleopatra to be dead killed himself with his own sword. When Cleopatra discovered what had happened, she quickly followed her lover.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here's President Lincoln and his assassin John Wilkes Booth. One of my few concessions to the macabre.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: Here we have Joan Of Arc. A favorite subject of mine.
Prof. Henry Jarrod: People say they can see my Marie Antoinette breath, that her breast rises and falls , look at her eyes they follow you where ever you go. Bruce Allison: You know her eyes do follow you. Prof. Henry Jarrod: They're made of glass mores the pity, the exact size and color of the originals, they're inserted from inside by way of the hollow neck before the head is attached to the body [looking at the figure of marie antoinette] Prof. Henry Jarrod: forgive me my dear for discussing your intimate secrets, forgive me gentlemen I lose myself at times. Sidney Wallace: Professor if people knew what you had inside these walls you couldn't accomodate the crowds, what you need here is exploitation more advertising. Bruce Allison: Thats what I've been telling him. Prof. Henry Jarrod: I'm afraid my partner wouldn't agree, he's not happy here he wants to invest in something else, mr. wallace would you care to become a partner in this venture would you buy him out? Sidney Wallace: I just might take you up on that if my lawyers approve and the price is right. Prof. Henry Jarrod: With your help I could do wonders and I'd make any sacrifice. Sidney Wallace: Unfortunately I'm leaving for egypt I'm financing some excavations there, however I'll be back in three months and I'll be glad to discuss it then.
- Warner Bros.' first 3-D movie, filmed by director André De Toth - who was blind in one eye and hence could not see the effect.
The scene where Paul Picerni is rescued from the guillotine by Frank Lovejoy seconds before the blade came down was filmed in one take, using a real guillotine blade. Picerni and director André De Toth got into a heated argument when Picerni, on advice from the film's stuntmen, refused to do the scene as too dangerous (a prop man was to hold up the blade off camera and tell the actors when he dropped it so they could yank Picerni away). De Toth threw him off the picture, but several days later, on orders from studio head Jack L. Warner, De Toth recalled him, and had the prop department modify the guillotine to make it less dangerous. After examining the guillotine, Picerni said he would do one take and no more, which is exactly what happened.
Nedrick Young, who plays the alcoholic assistant Leon, was uncredited because he had been blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red scare" era in Hollywood.
According to the "Guinness Book of World Records", while this film is far from being the first 3-D film, nor the first in sound or color, it IS the first 3-D film released with a stereophonic soundtrack.
This was reportedly Warner Brothers' biggest success since Life with Father (1947).
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