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In London, sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner Worth from burning his wax museum...and his 'children.' Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists.

People begin disappearing (including a corpse from the morgue); Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte Duncan, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of Charlotte's roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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review by . July 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     There is one fatal flaw to "Mystery of the Wax Museum". It does not have the twist that it wants to have. Thanks to the existence of plot synopses and the like, we already know what the big reveal is going to be. That's not to say that the film has a bad ending, but it is underwhelming compared to the fear that we are intended to experience.    Otherwise, the movie still makes for a pretty solid, creepy time. It is thoroughly entertaining. …
review by . May 09, 2012
An energetic Glenda Farrell and a screaming Fay Wray solve the secret of those wax mannequins
The Mystery of the Wax Museum is more mystery than horror, but the secret of Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), which comes by way of a sharp crack to his head, is satisfyingly startling. Despite the age of the movie (it was made in 1932), it holds up as a half campy, half affectionate look at what made our grandparents or great grandparents jump in their seats.       The plot has to do with a genius of wax who creates tableaux featuring wax mannequins of famous dead people. When …
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