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House of Wax (1953) was a Crime - Horror Film directed by Andre De Toth and produced by Bryan Foy and Joe Dreier.

House of Wax was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2014.

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House of Wax (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 23, 2015 From Flickers in Time

House of Wax Directed by Andre de Toth Written by Crane Wilbur from a story by Charles Belden 1953/USA Brian Foy Productions/Warner Bros. Repeat viewing?/Netflix rental This is a practically perfect example of the ’50’s horror genre with 3-D and Vincent Price to add to the fun. Profes... Read full article


Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) vs. House of Wax (1953)

on Oct 6, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

A double dose of wax museums kickstar this week’s Halloween reviews?as I compare and contrast Mystery of the Wax Museum with its remake, House of Wax. (We’re going to pretend the 2005 remake doesn’t exist.) Mystery and House are practically the same movie, albeit the latter boasts ... Read full article


HOUSE OF WAX – Special Screening!

By Richard on May 6, 2013 From Classic Horror Campaign

House Of Wax was released in 1953 and was a remake of an earlier 1933 comedy horror entitled Mystery Of The Wax Museum.?Set in New York in the early 20th century, Vincent Price is wax sculptor Professor Henry Jarrod. He and his business partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) own a museum and Burke tri... Read full article


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Cathy Gray: [Sue is helping Cathy get ready] Pull it tighter Sue, pull it tighter, I want a waist like Anna Held.
Sue Allen: If I pull it any tighter you're not going to be able to breath.
Cathy Gray: Oh that's alright, 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.
Sue Allen: Matty? Wasn't that the man you were going to marry?
Cathy Gray: Yes but he hung himself instead.
[giggling]
Cathy Gray: Oh Matty was such a card.
Sue Allen: Well where's your new friend going to take you tonight?
Cathy Gray: To the Hauffman House for dinner, then to Tony Pastors for the vaudeville show.
Sue Allen: That sounds like fun.
Cathy Gray: Oh yeah he's a free spender alright, a little bit older than I like them, but awfully distinguished looking, I'm moving up
[stops and breaths in slowly]
Cathy Gray: , I'm moving up honey, no girl ever hits the jackpot till after she passes 14th street.


Prof. Henry Jarrod: Jarrod is dead. I'm a reincarnation.


Lt. Tom Brennan: You know, Shane, by the time this guy gets out of Sing Sing, this head will grow a long beard.


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The first 3-D color movie ever to be produced by a major American studio. Shooting took place January 19-February 21 1953, for release April 9.
The alcoholic sculptor was a heroin addict in the original version of the film, Mystery of the Wax Museum, but that had to be changed for the remake because the Production Code forbade any mention of drug addiction. (Ironically, a character played by Vincent Price had got away with confessing to drug addiction in Dragonwyck, made seven years before "House of Wax.")
This was reportedly Warner Brothers' biggest success since Life with Father.
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Released 1953
Inducted 2014
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