''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' is a 1933 horror film directed by Creator/MichaelCurtiz and starring Creator/LionelAtwill, Glenda Farrell, and Creator/FayWray.

When sculptor Ivan Igor's wax museum is burned down by his treacherous partner, he is left devastated. Ten years later in then-present day New York, he opens a new museum, with more lifelike statues than ever before....

''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' was the last dramatic film made in the old two-strip Technicolor process. This method of color photography, which produced a distinctive set of pastels, dated back to ''The Toll of the Sea'' in 1922. Yes, color films are older than sound films. The three-strip Technicolor process, which produced a richer palette, replaced it around this time.

This film was later remade as ''Film/HouseOfWax1953'' which in turn was remade as ''Film/HouseOfWax2005''.

!! This film provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor, who also has TwoFirstNames.
* AssholeVictim: Joe, Ivan's former partner who is still running shady deals (booze-related mostly).
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Joe and Ivan start fighting each other as Ivan's first wax museum burns down around them.
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes: Charlotte passes a few statues, whose gaze follow her.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: The cops get a wheelchair thrown at them in the climax.
* DamselInDistress: Charlotte in the climax, as she is under threat of becoming a waxed corpse.
* DramaticUnmask: Igor's wax mask is shattered.
* {{Fainting}}: When Charlotte is shown the truth behind the wax museum, she faints.
* FreudianSlip: After realizing that the wax statue of Joan of Arc is really a corpse of Joan Gale, Florence rushes out of the museum and farewells Ivan with "see you in jail".
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The events in New York starts just after the NewYearHasCome.
* InsuranceFraud: Joe burned down Ivan's previous wax museum to get his hands on the fire insurance to clear away their debts.
* IntrepidReporter: Florence, who proceed's headfirst into danger to get a story.
* MadArtist: Ivan is determined to restore his previous creations, no matter the cost.
* PerpSweating: Cops keep questioning Darcy, and he spills the beans on Ivan's operation as he starts going cold turkey from his drug addiction.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:After Igor [[ObfuscatingDisability gets up from his wheelchair]] and grabs Charlotte while ranting about his Marie Antoinette, she starts hitting his face, which [[DramaticUnmask crumbles away]] to reveal that it was [[LatexPerfection a rather convincing]] wax mask and that he was the disfigured bodysnatcher seen throughout the film all along]].
* SceneryGorn: The burning wax museum in the opening.
* SlapSlapKiss: In the end of Florence's and her editor's bickering, he suddenly proposes her and she accepts.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Charlotte is tied to a table for the waxing procedure.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: As Ivan incapable of reconstructing his previous body of work, he has corpses delivered to him to be waxed.
* YoureInsane: Ivan's response when Joe tells him about the fire insurance fraud.
* TheXOfY