Film: Mystery of the Wax Museum

Mystery of the Wax Museum is a 1933 horror film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell, and Fay Wray.

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 House of Wax (1953) which in turn was remade as House of Wax (2005).


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