March 19th, 2013: House of Wax (1953)

House of Wax

Cast and Crew:  Andre De Toth (Director); Carolyn Jones, Charles Bronson

What It’s About: Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) is the world’s foremost artist-in wax  He disappears in a fire, but resurfaces 18 months later with a new wax museum…but this time something strange is happening at the House of Wax

Why Watch it Today?:  Madame Tussaud’s famous wax museum had a major fire on this date in 1925, a fire which destroyed works dating back to the Napoleonic era.  This fire inspired Mystery of the Wax Museum in 1933, an early, two-strip Technicolor film.  When 3-D came around in the early 1950s, the story was remade to take advantage of a new gimmick.

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