The 1953 Warner Bros. horror-thriller classic masterpiece was directed veteran studio director Andre de Toth and was produced by veteran producer Bryan Foy (Foy was part of the original “Seven Little Foys” vaudeville family troupe with his father, Eddie Foy). The screenplay for “House of Wax” was written by veteran screenwriter Crane Wilbur. Wilbur’s screenplay for the 1953 Warners-Andre de Toth production was based off of Charles S. Belden’s thriller story.
Belden’s story was previously adapted for the silver screen by Warner Bros. as a two-strip Technicolor horror-thriller feature under the direction of veteran director Michael Curtiz, with the original title of “Mystery of the Wax Museum” (1933, with Fay Wray of “King Kong” fame, Glenda Farrell of Warners’ “Torchy Blane” film series and horror/monster film veteran Lionel Atwill). According to IMDB, the original Belden story was adjusted for Warners’ 1953 silver screen adaptation in order to comply with the Motion Picture Association’s production code practices.
Andre de Toth’s Warner Bros. production of “House of Wax” also had the distinction of being one of the first major studio features to be filmed in 3-D (according to Bob Furmanek’s 3-D Film Archive article) and one of the first major features presented with the forerunner of cinematic surround sound, “WarnerPhonic” sound (according to Jeff Stafford and Lang Thompson’s article on “House of Wax” for Turner Classic Movies).
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “House of Wax” (1953) on Me-TV. He previously aired the classic 1953 Warner Bros.-Andre de Toth thriller-horror masterpiece as a big broadcast premiere back in March 2019.
Who was in the Warner Bros.-Andre de Toth production of “House of Wax?”
The players who appeared in the 1953 Warners-de Toth classic thriller-horror masterpiece were Vincent Price (as Prof. Henry Jarrod, shortly after appearing in “House of Wax;” Price appeared in the title role of title role of “Gallico the Great”/Don Gallico in the John Braham 3-D Columbia thriller, “The Mad Magician”), Phyllis Kirk (as Sue Allen, Kirk later played the role of Nora Charles in the 1957-59 MGM TV adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man” with Peter Lawford), young Charles Bronson (credited under his original name of Charles Buchinsky as Igor, the future Bronson reunited with Price in William Witney’s 1961 American-International adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Master of the World”), Carolyn Jones (as Cathy Gray, Jones was later known for her role of Morticia Addams in the 1964-66 live-action macabre TV sitcom adaptation of Charles Addams’ “The Addams Family”), Frank Lovejoy (as Det. Lt. Tom Brennan), Roy Roberts (as Matthew Burke), Dabbs Greer (as Sgt. Jim Shane), Paul Picerni(as Scott Andrews), Angela Clarke (as Mrs. Andrews), Reggie Rymal (as a Barker) and Paul Cavanagh (as Sidney Wallace).