Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum is our Monday Night Chat Room movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], starting our tapes and DVDs at 8:30).
However . . . it wasn't the first movie about or set in a wax museum.
One of the best-known--and probably best-loved--was Mystery of the Wax Museum with Lionel Atwill (who looked like he could have haunted a house all by himself!) and Fay Wray.
One of the things that sets Mystery apart from other horror movies is Glenda Farrell as a wise-cracking reporter who is the prime mover in furthering the plot of Mystery in the Wax Museum. A "working girl" who not only has a legitimate job but has a prominent part in a movie set in 1933, decades before equal opportunities laws were set in place!
It also had Arthur Edmund Carewe as a drug-addict who was also show-cased in Museum. This wasn't something that Hollywood usually did back then.
Vincent Price's House of Wax changed these elements since they reflected a different era in America twenty years later.
Glenda Farrell's star reporter who shares rooms with Fay Wray has become Paul Picerni's Scott Andrews, a sculptor who lives with his mother!
Arthur Edmund Carewe's drug addict became Nedrick Young's alcoholic, a part that was uncredited beause he had been blacklisted in the days of McCarthyism in Hollywood.
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So stock up on the popcorn, candy and sodas.
Start the vcr or DVD player.
Call in the kids and have a
horrific time of it!
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*A rather interesting bit of Warner's publicity,
campaign, don't you think?!?!