Saturday, October 24, 2009

Speaking of Fay Wray

Fay Wray's most famous role is probably as the femme fatale in Merian Cooper's King Kong. However, TCM is showing two of her early 1930s Technicolor horror movies early on the morning of Sunday, October 25:

The Mystery of the Wax Museum, which I've recommended previously, at 7:30 AM ET.

It's preceded by the movie that was made before it with many of the same cast members: Doctor X, at 6:00 AM. Here, Wray plays the daughter of the seemingly-mad scientist (Lionel Atwill, who was the madman in Wax Museum) Dr. Xavier. There's a serial killer on the loose, killing pretty young things (like Wray) every full moon. Xavier brings all the potential killers to his creepy mansion and locks them in a room together, using Wray as a pawn in a plot to uncover the real killer.

I personally think that Doctor X isn't quite as good as The Mystery of the Wax Museum, but it's another movie helped by the two-strip Technicolor, which makes a suitably spooky atmosphere, as well as providing an air of surrealism to the typically-oversized 1930s style machinery that every mad scientist had in his laboratory. Both movies are well worth catching.

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