Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) / Doctor X (1932)

Friday, Nov 12, 2021 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
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UCLA Film & Television Archive presents free screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

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In person: Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film.

Los Angeles restoration premiere!

Preservation funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation

Mystery of the Wax Museum
U.S., 1933

This legendary horror classic was the last and best of Hollywood’s two-color Technicolor features. A fire destroys sculptor Ivan Igor’s (Lionel Atwill) London museum with its dazzling array of historical wax figures. Igor opens a new museum in New York City as people and corpses suddenly begin to disappear and his daughter (Fay Wray) becomes ensnared in the mystery. Curtiz’s innovative camera work is accentuated by Anton Grot’s ethereal production design and Ray Rennahan’s cinematography.

35mm, Technicolor, 77 min. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Don Mullaly, Carl Erickson. With: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell.

Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment from two 35mm two-color Technicolor nitrate print sources. Laboratory services by Roundabout Entertainment, Inc., Fotokem, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Inc., Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services—Picture. Special thanks to Steven Anastasi, The Packard Humanities Institute.

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Los Angeles restoration premiere!

Preservation funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation

Doctor X
U.S., 1932

The most gruesome of the early sound horror movies was also the first filmed entirely in two-color Technicolor. A series of brutal murders involving cannibalism occur under a full moon near Dr. Xavier’s (Lionel Atwill) laboratory, whose residents include his daughter (Fay Wray) and a quartet of weird scientists. Will reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) unmask the Moon Killer in time? Scripted by Robert Tasker and Earl Baldwin with exquisite production design by Anton Grot.

35mm, Technicolor, 76 min. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Robert Tasker, Earl Baldwin. Based on the play The Terror by Howard W. Comstock and Allen C. Miller. With: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy.

Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment from a 35mm two-color Technicolor nitrate print and a nitrate fragment. Laboratory services by Roundabout Entertainment, Inc., Fotokem, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Inc., Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services—Picture. Special thanks to Steven Anastasi, The Library of Congress.

Special thanks to The Film Foundation.

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