Vincent Price Stars in the Classic "House of Wax" -Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- for the first time in my career- I am proud to be presenting one of the most famous horror films of the ‘50s- notable for being presented in 3-D ( but not here tonight!) and legendary as one of Vincent Price’s most memorable roles- be prepared as you enter the “House of Wax”!

It’s the early 1900s, and we visit the New York museum of Professor Henry Jarrod- a gifted sculptor who prefers to create historic tableaus instead of the sensationalistic type displays found in most wax museums. His business partner, Matthew Burke, however, feels these cultural displays don’t bring in enough revenue- and, when Jarrod refuses to go the more shocking horrific route, Burke decides the best profit would be via insurance money- and burns the museum down, with Jarrod trapped inside and thought to be killed in the conflagration!

Years later, we see that Jarrod has miraculously survived, though now wheelchair bound, his hands crippled and unable to sculpt any longer. He has, with the help of some assistants, including the mute sculptor Igor, built a new wax museum, but, this time, it includes the “house of horrors” type exhibits that Jarrod used to shun.

Meanwhile, a cloaked, disfigured killer has been lurking in the streets of New York. He kills Cathy, the fiancée of Jarrod’s old partner Burke- who appears to have committed suicide- and the young woman’s body mysteriously disappears from the morgue!

Cathy’s friend Sue, who found her friend’s body and came face to frightening face with the killer, joins her sculptor boyfriend Scott when he visits the new museum- and is bothered by the fact that the wax figure of Joan of Arc strongly resembles her late friend.  Jarrod wheels up in his chair and explains that photos of the dead girl were used as reference in creating the figure. He also suggests that she- Sue- is the perfect model for a new figure of Marie Antoinette, since she has a striking resemblance to his original version that burned in the fire.

However, Sue is not convinced- and sneaks into the museum to inspect the Joan of Arc statue- leading to a shocking confrontation that could see her added as a permanent part of the museum collection- and subtracted from the land of the living!

This 1953 film has beautiful color, and an amazing cast, with, of course, Price as Prof. Jarrod, Charles Bronson ( as Charles Buchinsky) as his mute lackey Igor, Carolyn Jones, the future “Addams Family” Morticia , and more- we’ll tell you about the cast, and have plenty of information on the production, including an odd irony regarding the director Andre DeToth. And- yes, you’ll see the famed “paddleball” scene, which may have been impressive in 3-D, but now seems – oh- kind of silly!

 "House of Wax" opens its doors on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time- if you need help finding where and when it airs in your area, check your local listings ,or at . The many fans live-Tweeting during the show ,using the hashtag  #svengoolie , have been keeping our program among the top trending items nationally on Twitter every Saturday night, and MeTV encourages you to do the same! For our viewers in the Chicago area, at 11 am on WCIU, the U, we have an encore showing of “Dr. Cyclops” for you to enjoy.

Last weekend we had two great days at the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention- you’ll be seeing some of the fun we had in future shows. Next weekend, we’ll do our annual visit to the Brookfield Zoo Spaghetti Dinner event on Friday, and be the guest of the Discover Tinley Park Expo on Saturday. You’ll find information under the “appearances” tab on this site.

Please join us tonight for Vincent Price, ready to “wax on- wax off” as victims are offed when the wax goes on!

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CarrieLynnCastro 12 months ago
Maybe the blog is haunted some of the
post are vanishing on reading the blog about it 😱
Catbat CarrieLynnCastro 12 months ago
Carrie there's a ghost in the machine
daDoctah 12 months ago
It just hit me that tomorrow night's movie is my favorite of the old Universal monsters series, owing entirely to the presence of the cutest li'l hunchback in the whole world, Jane "Poni" Adams.
Catbat daDoctah 12 months ago
You Cade you. Haha
JournalJeff2 12 months ago
Good Night Gang!
YAY Brewers are up by a touchdown against da Cubs 13-7 in the 8th
Catbat JournalJeff2 12 months ago
Good night Journal Jeff. Only 25 min to go.Wanna stay and try for #1? Haha
daleuhlmann JournalJeff2 12 months ago
Have a good night, Journal Jeff.
JournalJeff2 12 months ago
"I want to suck your blood!" Count Alucard
Lucyc 12 months ago
Hey, gang.
It's almost time for the new blog.
MADave, I thought it had to be the Dr. Phibes movies, because those are the only ones he ever did that were a movie series, though I was wrong about him killing his wife-he was crazy, literally, about her in the show. Movies where his character was a murderous husband were Dragonwyck, House on Haunted Hill, and The Pit and the Pendulum. There were some extenuating circumstances concerning some of the killings; check them out for the details if you've never seen them.
Catbat Lucyc 12 months ago
Hey Lucy, still trying to figure how we can buddy watch The House That Dripped Blood. Pat,Kodak Kid,Willoughnby Wolf/Keith and others have my email
Lucyc Catbat 12 months ago
Hi, Catbat. Perhaps we could share info on KK's new big blog site?
Catbat Lucyc 12 months ago
Absolutely! I'm hooked in there already.
Lucyc Catbat 12 months ago
I'm winding down for the evening. I"ll try and get out on the KK site tomorrow.
Catbat Lucyc 12 months ago
ok I'll see you there. Sweet dreams dear
MrGotham 12 months ago
as we castillian Basque’s say to those loved ones that have passed especially before their time
“Goian bego”
May raycav friend rest peacefully
Ravenwoman MrGotham 12 months ago
Thank you so much, sir. I will pass that message onto him. Muy bonita! 💓😘Muchas gracias!
daleuhlmann 12 months ago

Among the non-genre 3-D films from that period, the most prestigious were the MGM musical KISS ME, KATE (based on Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW), the John Wayne Western HONDO, and the Hitchcock mystery DIAL M FOR MURDER.
Lucyc daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Yeah, the studios did just about everything they could think of to try to make going to the movies a real "experience" in order to pry people away from those newfangled television sets. Everything was bigger and bolder on the big screen, if you believed the hype.
daleuhlmann Lucyc 12 months ago
Very true, Lucy. It was a battle royal between television and the movie studios until they discovered how much money they could make by selling their old films to television, and by investing in television production themselves.
Matt 12 months ago
Happy Sci-fi Friday everyone !!
Catbat Matt 12 months ago
Howdy Matt! Happy Svengoolie Saturday Eve to you. Hope your week wasn't too tough.
Lynn Matt 12 months ago
Happy Sci-fi Friday to you also, Matt!
daleuhlmann Matt 12 months ago
Happy Sci-Fi Friday, Matt!
MADave 12 months ago
Is there a specific reason why KK is not posting celebrity bdays or deaths?
PatS MADave 12 months ago
He posted something below. For some reason the Admin bumped them a couple of times. Plus he is doing his full-time job and also working on organizing BBC IV... busy guy!
MADave 12 months ago
Hey gang late check in I just wanted thank you for all the help you gave me regarding the Vincent Price movies I was trying to think of it came out to be the doctor phibes films also I just wanted to thank you for all the cheers regarding my $300.00 winning!
Catbat MADave 12 months ago
Anytime! Hope you didn't spend it all in one place. And if you did I hope you spent it at the Svengoolie store(he has a store?) Hope you didn't write a personal check.Haha
MrGotham 12 months ago
hey that calzone looks mighty Bueno !
where is that place
Ravenwoman MrGotham 12 months ago
If I may, Ray has it in Brooklyn. He'll have to address you on the area. One of his good friends just passed away, so he'll be missing for a while. 😌🕯🙏
Ravenwoman 12 months ago
Just popping in to say goodnight and sweet Vampire dreams to all. Keep the candles burning! 🕯🕯🕯😘🗽

daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Between 1953 and 1954, Vincent Price appeared in four 3-D films. They were HOUSE OF WAX, THE MAD MAGICIAN, DANGEROUS MISSION, and SON OF SINBAD. That final film, which was produced by Howard Hughes, was shot in 3-D in 1953, but its release was delayed for three years because of censorship trouble (too many scantily clad harem dancers, one of whom was played by real-life stripper Lili St. Cyr). The film was finally released in 1955, but flat, in 2-D.

Coincidentally, another 3-D Hughes production that irked the censors was the 1954 musical THE FRENCH LINE, because of the film's flaunting of Jane Russell's bust in three-dimension. The film did eventually get a Production Code of approval, and, unlike SON OF SINBAD, ended up being released in 3-D after all.
daleuhlmann daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Typo: SON OF SINBAD's release was delayed by two years, not three (1953-1955).
DrClayton daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Like this characterization of Miss Lili:

"American burlesque ecdysiast"
daleuhlmann DrClayton 12 months ago
Yes, Dr. Clayton, a truly elevated euphemism that, like "exotic dancer," sounds more lofty than "stripper "

BTW, no pun intended, in light of some of the well-endowed harem girls in SON OF SINBAD, was my statement about the film's eventually being released "flat "

PatS daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Makes me think of the Terry-Thomas line in IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD -- (approximate) "What is the reason for this American mad fascination with Boozums?"
daleuhlmann PatS 12 months ago
Indeed, a provacatve question, Pat. (LOL)
Raycav00 12 months ago
For Tomorrow’s Svengoolie Feature
“The House of Dracula” I think I’ll order a Siciliano Ricottà/Mozzarellà
Calzonè from The House of Calzone.
Ravenwoman Raycav00 12 months ago
Catbat 12 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Afternoon All!
Kodak Kid sorry to hear that you won't be making B-day announcements. Take your time and hopefully you can come back to it. I know it's a lot of work.
I hope everyone waxed their floors to a Purr-fect shine. If not not don't worry cause tomorrow night Drac's in the House. And he won't be there to look at your floors.
Lynn Catbat 12 months ago
...and you wouldn't be able to see Dracula's reflection in your floor anyway.
daleuhlmann Catbat 12 months ago
I can really take a shine to that advice, dear.
Ravenwoman 12 months ago
Just one, please? I've withdrawals and I have been good. Count Squirrel!Blah! Blah! 🧛‍♂️🤪👍😘

MrGotham Ravenwoman 12 months ago
Buenos tardes señorita ravenwoman, I see that you have
returned the squirrel pictures
glad to see and have a good weekend enjoy the movie tomorrow night
Ravenwoman MrGotham 12 months ago
No, sir. I have NOT returned to squirrel photos. I merely posted ONE and I'm sure it was flagged by some. It does have the movie theme to it, so maybe it won't be removed but I doubt it.

It's nice to see you here and I do hope you will stay with us and be more proactive on the blog. Please have a nice weekend and enjoy the movie tomorrow night. I will be watching but do very little blogging during the movie. Buenas Noches, Senor! 💓🗽👍🕯🕯🕯

PatS Ravenwoman 12 months ago
RW: Well, I'm not a "Squirrel Person" but that set-up definitely reflects the theme of the non-reflecting hero of the film! (How *does* he trim his mustache so neat??)
DrClayton 12 months ago
With HOUSE OF WAX behind us, and HOUSE OF DRACULA coming up, I'm starting to think that maybe - just maybe, a house is not a home.

Will be away from home after giving a talk tomorrow afternoon; might be able to get a room at the HOUSE OF DRACULA around showtime, in the DC area. And then a concert to play on Sunday. Hoping it'll be a FULL HOUSE...
daleuhlmann DrClayton 12 months ago
Sounds like you'll be "in the House'" this weekend, Dr.
Catbat DrClayton 12 months ago
Hope to see you in da House tomorrow. Have a great concert. Break a leg. It's OK Dr Frankenstin can replace it
1MikeM 12 months ago
Comments are disappearing again.
daleuhlmann 1MikeM 12 months ago
Yes, Mike M. I think that this blog sometimes suffers from Claude Rains or Jack Griffin syndrome--suddenly, some posts start vanishing.
Ravenwoman 1MikeM 12 months ago
Yes! One of mine went "poof" as well! System format glitches, that's all. Keep calm and carry garlic! 😁👍😘🗽
DrClayton daleuhlmann 12 months ago
They've gone gathering nuts - or corn - in May!
Ravenwoman 1MikeM 12 months ago
I love it when my comments disappear and then reappear again! This has happened to me before. Log out, come back in and the comment came back! 🤪👍🙄🌽🗽

daleuhlmann DrClayton 12 months ago
Oh, Dr. Clayton, that scene drives me nuts--but in a nice way!
Catbat 1MikeM 12 months ago
They certainly are
Carl_N_Brown 12 months ago
Before we exit the HOUSE altogether, I have one more question.
Is it just me, or did anyone else get the sense that some scenes in HOUSE OF WAX (filmed in three color red+green+blue Technicolor) were deliberately lit or tinted to mimic the ambiance of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (filmed in two color red+green + shades of grey Technicolor)?
SOBX Carl_N_Brown 12 months ago
I noticed that as well Carl.
daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 12 months ago
I agree, Carl. This did lend an interesting visual tone to the film.
Carl_N_Brown daleuhlmann 12 months ago
Whew. I was afraid I was just seeing things.
CarrieLynnCastro 12 months ago
Happy Friday 🤖
Have a nice day
everyone 💝 take
See you later 👻
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