Review: ‘The Mystery of the Wax Museum’

Technicolor horror-mystery production co-featuring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell and Frank McHugh who struggle about as effectively as Michael Curtiz, the director, with a loose and unconvincing story, to manage a fairly decent job along Frankenstein and Dracula lines. Loose ends never quite jell but it's one of those artificial things.

Technicolor horror-mystery production co-featuring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell and Frank McHugh who struggle about as effectively as Michael Curtiz, the director, with a loose and unconvincing story, to manage a fairly decent job along Frankenstein and Dracula lines. Loose ends never quite jell but it’s one of those artificial things.

Atwill is the maniacal custodian of the London wax museum whose fanatic enterprise with his transplanted museum on American soil leads Farrell, as the sob sister, to unearth this weird yarn, McHugh this time is the city ed. Wray and Allen Vincent are almost negligible in minor romantic background.

The Mystery of the Wax Museum

Production

Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Screenplay Don Mullaly, Carl Erickson; Camera Ray Rennahan; Editor George Amy; Art Director Anton Grot

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Lionel Atwill Fay Wray Glenda Farrell Frank McHugh Allen Vincent
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