''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' is a 1933 horror film directed by Creator/MichaelCurtiz 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 ''Film/TheTollOfTheSea'' 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) after burning down Ivan's first wax museum and leaving his partner to die in the flames.
* 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.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Florence
* 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 start 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 proceeds headfirst into danger to get a story.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Ivan eventually murders his former partner Joe, who destroyed his first wax museum and crippled Ivan himself.]]
* 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.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/DoctorX''. The two films aren't part of the same continuity, but they overlap in genre (though ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' lacks most of ''Doctor X'''s comedy elements), share [[ProductionPosse the same director and several cast and crew members]], and are filmed in the same visually-distinctive Technicolor process. In addition, both films include morgue scenes, wax statues (though they only appear briefly in ''Doctor X''), multiple characters portrayed as having disabilities (including [[spoiler:a villain who is more able than he lets on]]), and a plot based on investigative reporting.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Charlotte is tied to a table for the waxing procedure.
* TimeSkip: From 1921 London to 1933 New York.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: As Ivan is 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.
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