House of Wax. 1953. USA. Directed by André De Toth. Screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on the story by Charles Belden. With Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk. DCP. 88 min.
Henry Jarrod sculpts wax figures so lifelike that visitors to his museum swear they look real. Jarrod prefers historical subjects like his Joan of Arc tableau, but his partner, Matthew Burke, wants some quick cash and urges Jarrod to make more gruesome statues to boost ticket sales. Frustrated by Jarrod’s defiance, Burke decides to burn down the wax museum for the insurance money. After a mysterious yearlong disappearance, Jarrod returns with a very atypical mode of creating wax figures.