Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Release Date - Sep 6, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Escaped gangster Steve McBirney (Marc Lawrence), vowing to get even with Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), lies in wait at a spooky wax museum run by demented plastic surgeon Dr. Cream (Henry Gordon). Chan is lured to the museum's opening day ceremonies on a ruse, along with a variety of strange characters ranging from a girl reporter (Joan Valerie) to a radio announcer (played by real-life announcer Ted Osborn). The subsequent murder spree is complicated by the fact that no one-not even the wily Chan--can tell the wax effigies from real thing. The explanation of the film's events-and the revelation of the killer-are quite a surprise. With Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, 20th Century-Fox's "Chan" series reached its peak: from here, it could only go downhill.

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bad-guy, dementia, detective, doctor/nurse, dummy, gangster, good-guy, investigator, killing, revenge, wax-museum