Ep. 02-13: House of Wax (1953)

Wax sculptor, Henry (Vincent Price), discovers that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans to burn down their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry survives the fiery confrontation with Matthew and returns some years later with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry’s new wax sculptures occurs simultaneously with corpses vanishing from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins to suspect wrongdoing.

The year was 1953… Warner Brothers released this gem of a movie with 3D technology, the second major studio to do so following Columbia’s Man in the Dark.

And which do you think is more remembered?

Join us as we discuss the popularity of this classic–the first of many iconic horror roles for Vincent Price–from its enormous box office beginnings to its later being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to the early 1900s, where the foggy cobblestone streets are stalked by a disfigured madman who robs morgues to create the ultimate representation of mankind.


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