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Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 6 September 1940 (USA)
An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.

Director:

Lynn Shores

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original screen play) (as John Larkin), Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by: Charlie Chan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
C. Henry Gordon ... Dr. Cream
Marc Lawrence ... Steve McBirney
Joan Valerie ... Lily Latimer
Marguerite Chapman ... Mary Bolton
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Tom Agnew (as Ted Osborn)
Michael Visaroff ... Dr. Otto Von Brom
Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Rocke
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Willie Fern
Archie Twitchell ... Carter Lane
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Grenock (as Edward Marr)
Joe King ... Inspector O'Matthews
Harold Goodwin ... Edwards
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Storyline

A wax museum run by a demented doctor contains statues of such crime figures as Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard. In addition to making wax statues the doctor performs plastic surgery. It is here that an arch fiend takes refuge. The museum also houses a statue of Charlie. Frustrated number-two son kicks statue in rear; oops, number-two son wrong in his assumption. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

The wax head near the mummy case appears to be modeled after Clark Gable. See more »

Goofs

When Inspector Matthews comes in through the museum window, his coat is wet from the thunderstorm outside. Seconds thereafter, although his face still has rain dripping from it, his coat is now dry. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Every bird seeks its own tree and every tree its bird.
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Connections

Followed by The Jade Mask (1945) See more »

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The Wrong Man
17 May 2017 | by bnwfilmbuffSee all my reviews

Very atmospheric entry in the Chan series with Charlie trying to set the record straight in a case that has been falsely judged. Marc Lawrence gives a standout performance as a murderer set for the death penalty by Chan's testimony but subsequently escapes seeking plastic surgery at the wax museum run by Henry Gordon. The storyline is that Chan is to square off with Berlin detective Dr Otto Von Brom (Michael Visaroff) on a radio broadcast from the museum to reassess this case in which Von Brom pinned the murder on innocent Joe Rocke. Chan accepts the challenge suspecting Gordon of harboring Lawrence at the museum. The cast turns in uniformly good performances. However, the viewer must contend with the irrepressible Sen Yung as Jimmy Chan and his silliness. This is a decent mystery but it is the filming and setting of this movie that makes it a cut above the other Chan films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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