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* MistakenForExhibit: On first entering the exhibition, Sue mistakes a real policeman for one of the wax figures. Invoked deliberately moments earlier, when an apparent wax figure of a woman standing by the entrance suddenly turns and hands Scott one of the programs from the table next to her.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The carnival barker Jarrod employs for opening night frequently performs his schtick directly to the audience, as though they are physically present.


A remake of ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum'' (1933), this was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following the independently-produced ''Bwana Devil'' the year before; these two movies together sparked the UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie boom of the 1950s. (Interestingly enough, this film's director, Andre De Toth, only had one eye and this couldn't see the effect.

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A remake of ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum'' (1933), this was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following the independently-produced ''Bwana Devil'' the year before; these two movies together sparked the UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie boom of the 1950s. (Interestingly 1950s (interestingly enough, this film's director, Andre De Toth, only had one eye and this thus couldn't see the effect.
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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Jarrod starts killing people and using their bodies as "statues" in his {{wax museum|morgue}}.


Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. When his greedy financial partner, Matthew Burke (played by Roy Roberts), suggests that they burn the wax museum down in order to get the insurance money, Jarrod tries to stop him, only to be beaten unconscious and left for dead in the burning museum. Escaping with intense burns that leave his hands half-crippled and himself horribly disfigured, Jarrod enlists the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor (played by Charles Buchinsky, who would soon become better known as Creator/CharlesBronson) and builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancée (Creator/CarolynJones) is about to make a horrifying discovery...

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Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. When his greedy financial partner, Matthew Burke (played by Roy Roberts), suggests that they burn the wax museum down in order to get the insurance money, Jarrod tries to stop him, only to be beaten unconscious and left for dead in the burning museum. Escaping with intense burns that leave his hands half-crippled and himself horribly disfigured, Jarrod enlists the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor (played by Charles Buchinsky, who would soon become better known as Creator/CharlesBronson) and builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancée (Creator/CarolynJones) Cathy (played by Creator/CarolynJones) is about to make a horrifying discovery...


Another remake was released in 2005, also called ''[[Film/HouseOfWax2005 House of Wax]],'' though it borrows more plot elements from ''Tourist Trap'' than from this film.

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Another remake was released in 2005, also called ''[[Film/HouseOfWax2005 House of Wax]],'' though it borrows more plot elements from ''Tourist Trap'' ''Film/TouristTrap'' than from this film.
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The film is also the TropeNamer for PaddleballShot.



!!! ''House of Wax 1953'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
* PaddleballShot



* AdaptationalVillainy: Amazingly enough, a rare "villain gets worse with the adaptation" variety. In contrast to Joe in the original ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum'', who burned the museum down because they had run completely out of money, Matthew is making a steady profit off of Jarrod's museum. He just isn't satisfied with how much profit he's getting, and wants to get the insurance money for a "new business deal"... which is soon after implied to be a lie for how he wants extra cash to impress his latest girlfriend, [[GoldDigger Cathy]]. And while Joe did leave his partner to die, he merely ran off after setting the fire... Matthew also attempts to kill Jarrod after setting it, even staying behind a bit to try and finish him off when Jarrod does his best to put extinguish it.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Amazingly enough, a rare "villain gets worse with the adaptation" variety. In contrast to Joe in the original ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum'', who burned the museum down because they had run completely out of money, Matthew is making a steady profit off of Jarrod's museum. He just isn't satisfied with how much profit he's getting, and wants to get the insurance money for a "new business deal"... which is soon after implied to be a lie for how he wants extra cash to impress his latest girlfriend, [[GoldDigger Cathy]]. And while Joe did leave his partner to die, he merely ran off after setting the fire... Matthew also attempts to kill Jarrod after setting it, even staying behind a bit to try and finish him off when Jarrod does his best to put extinguish it.the fire.



* AssholeVictim: Matthew. He's shallow, greedy (to a murderous extent) lecherous and implied to be stringing along Cathy, who thinks he has marriage plans.

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* AssholeVictim: Matthew. He's shallow, greedy (to a murderous extent) extent), lecherous and implied to be stringing along Cathy, who thinks he has marriage plans.plans. He gets murdered by Jarrod, his death is disguised as a suicide and his body ends up being coated in wax and used to recreate said faked suicide.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: The paddle ball barker.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: The paddle ball barker.barker addresses the audience and sends his paddleball in their direction.



* CelebrityResemblance: in-universe; Igor happens to look like William Kemmler, the first man executed by electric chair.

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* CelebrityResemblance: in-universe; In-universe; Igor happens to look like William Kemmler, the first man executed by electric chair.



* InsuranceFraud: Why Matthew burns down Jarrod's original museum.

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* InsuranceFraud: Why The reason why Matthew burns down Jarrod's original museum.



* ItsPopularNowItSucks: InUniverse: Jarrod comes to believe this and decides that his rebuilt museum will mostly give the public the sensationalism it wants.

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* ItsPopularNowItSucks: InUniverse: Jarrod comes to believe this and decides that his rebuilt museum will mostly give the public the sensationalism it wants.wants, while still retaining a historical aspect.



* MadArtist: Jarrod is obsessed about his work, especially about the restoration of his past works.

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* MadArtist: Jarrod is obsessed about his work, wax works, especially about the restoration of his past works.


Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. When his greedy financial partner, Matthew Burke (played by Roy Roberts), suggests that they burn the wax museum down in order to get the insurance money, Jarrod tries to stop him, only to be beaten unconscious and left for dead in the burning museum. Escaping with intense burns that leave his hands half-crippled and himself horribly disfigured, Jarrod enlists the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor (played by Charles Buchinsky, who would soon become better known as Creator/CharlesBronson) and builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancee is about to make a horrifying discovery...

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Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. When his greedy financial partner, Matthew Burke (played by Roy Roberts), suggests that they burn the wax museum down in order to get the insurance money, Jarrod tries to stop him, only to be beaten unconscious and left for dead in the burning museum. Escaping with intense burns that leave his hands half-crippled and himself horribly disfigured, Jarrod enlists the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor (played by Charles Buchinsky, who would soon become better known as Creator/CharlesBronson) and builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancee fiancée (Creator/CarolynJones) is about to make a horrifying discovery...


* DoingItForTheArt: In-universe. Initially, Jarrod refuses to have any "Chamber of Horror" type exhibits, despite their popularity, because he considers them a cheap and tawdry branch of the wax museum's art. He wants to educate and inspire with historical and allegorical sculptures.

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* DoingItForTheArt: In-universe. Initially, Jarrod refuses to have any "Chamber of Horror" type exhibits, despite their popularity, because he considers them a cheap and tawdry branch of the wax museum's art. He wants to educate and inspire with historical and allegorical sculptures. Then he changes his mind after his "resurrection", and uses some of his victims to fill said "Chamber of Horror" museum exhibit (though still with some historical figures such as UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn and [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Charlotte Corday and Marat]]).

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* NeverSuicide: Matthew's murder is staged to look like a suicide.



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!! This film provides examples of:
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* ArtisticLicenceBiology: Jarrod doesn't seem to do anything to preserve the bodies other than covering them in wax, so it's hard to see how the deception would hold up once decomposition started to set in. At the very least people might get curious about the smell...

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* ArtisticLicenceBiology: ArtisticLicenseBiology: Jarrod doesn't seem to do anything to preserve the bodies other than covering them in wax, so it's hard to see how the deception would hold up once decomposition started to set in. At the very least people might get curious about the smell...



* PaddleballShot: The paddleball salesman scene is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.





%%* SpiritedYoungLady: Sue.



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[[caption-width-right:350: '''Jarrod:''' ''I'm going to give the people what they want: sensation, horror, shock... Send them out in the streets to tell their friends how wonderful it is to be scared to death.'' ]]

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* AdaptationNameChange: The characters are renamed entirely with Ivan Igor, Professor Darcy and Hugo becoming Henry Jarrod, Leon Averill and Igor respectively for just three examples.


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%%* AntiVillain * AntiVillain: It's hard not to sympathize at least a little bit with Jarrod, who thinks of his artworks as "children" and has to watch them go up in flames before being horribly disfigured himself. Even after he's gone bad, he seems more crazy than evil.



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%%* AxeBeforeEntering* AxeBeforeEntering: At the climax, the cops use a prop sword from the museum to get through a locked door.



* DoingItForTheArt: Initially, Jarrod refuses to have any "Chamber of Horror" type exhibits, despite their popularity, because he considers them a cheap and tawdry branch of the wax museum's art. He wants to educate and inspire with historical and allegorical sculptures.

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* DoingItForTheArt: In-universe. Initially, Jarrod refuses to have any "Chamber of Horror" type exhibits, despite their popularity, because he considers them a cheap and tawdry branch of the wax museum's art. He wants to educate and inspire with historical and allegorical sculptures.



* {{Fainting}}: One of the customers faint as Jarrod gives a tour through his museum.

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* {{Fainting}}: One of the customers faint faints as Jarrod gives a tour through his museum.museum. Sue also faints at the DramaticUnmask.
*{{Fanservice}}: At one point, Sue and Scott take in a can-can show, and the camera spends quite a while lingering over the girls' legs (also showing off the 3-D with their kicking).



* MythologyGag: Beyond the various little facts that inevitably come with a true remake film, Jarrod;s deaf-mute assistant is named "Igor" -- which was the name of the mad wax-sculptor from the original ''Mystery at the Wax Museum''.

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* MythologyGag: Beyond the various little facts that inevitably come with a true remake film, Jarrod;s Jarrod's deaf-mute assistant is named "Igor" -- which was the name of the mad wax-sculptor from the original ''Mystery at the Wax Museum''.



-->'''Cathy Gray:''' Oh that's all right, I don't need much breath anyway-- as my late friend Matty used to say, if a girl don't watch her figure the men won't.

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-->'''Cathy Gray:''' Oh that's all right, I don't need much breath anyway-- as anyway--as my late friend Matty used to say, if a girl don't watch her figure the men won't.

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