SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM
1933, Universal, 66 min, USA, Dir: Kurt Neumann

In this atmospheric and underrated mystery, three suitors converge on a castle to seek the hand of a young woman (Gloria Stuart). There’s a door at the estate that has been locked for many years; when asked about it, the girl’s father (Lionel Atwill) explains that the blue room was the scene of three strange deaths. In a show of bravery, the young men each volunteer to spend a night there – but they don’t all make it to the morning.


DOCTOR X
1932, Warner Bros., 76 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

A journalist (Lee Tracy) follows a trail of bodies left by the cannibalistic Moon Killer, eventually arriving at the medical academy run by Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill). With no shortage of suspects among his staff, Doctor X and the reporter race to identify the culprit before lovely Joan (Fay Wray) becomes his next victim. Curtiz and many of his cast and crew members soon would reteam for another two-color Technicolor thriller, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM.


MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM
1933, Warner Bros., 77 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Remade in 1953 as HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price, this horror thriller was one of the last films shot in two-color Technicolor. Lionel Atwill stars as Ivan Igor, a crippled sculptor who opens a wax museum in New York City peopled by figures that are disturbingly lifelike. As a woman who nearly winds up on display as Marie Antoinette, Fay Wray proves she doesn’t need a giant ape to scream convincingly.


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