Mystery of the Wax Museum
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

In this film, New York City is plagued by several disappearances -- not only of live people, but of recently-deceased corpses from the morgue. Hard-boiled girl reporter Glenda Farrell browbeats her long-suffering editor Frank McHugh into… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 17, 1933
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the punchiest, most watchable '30s horror films made anywhere outside of Universal.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Has its share of creeps, but noteworthy for its early 2-strip Technicolor.

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

A swell mix of comedy and creepiness

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This benefits from Anton Grot's excellent set design but suffers from the decision to make the central character an annoying reporter (Glenda Farrell) who's as much of a hindrance as she is a help to the police.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the movie's quick-paced dialogue makes it a combination "Front Page" and "Frankenstein," representing two genres picking up steam in the early thirties.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A true classic of horror.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fun weirdo classic pulp horror tale from the 1930s.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Mystery of the Wax Museum is not without its drawing cards, but it's nowhere near as fun as its eventual remake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A very cool movie, I especially love Atwill, he's a favourite of mine, and he does a great job in this movie. The story is really engaging, the special… More
Stella Dallas
a landmark mystery/horror made by warner brothers, this was later remade (twice) as house of wax. much as i love vincent price, i think this one is superior… More
Ryan Marshall
7.0/10 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… More