Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

This is kind of a strange movie, but it’s not really that surprising considering the series it is from was always known as a second string movie series behind mystery contemporaries such as Sherlock Holmes and Thin Man. The beginning of the movie might actually be the best part. We get a pretty well staged jail break from a criminal Charlie Chan has just arrested and some good banter between Charlie and a friend of his on the police force before the movie moves to the title wax museum and everything seems to fall apart from there. It’s not that it’s bad but this is a great example of the meandering somewhat pointless dark house story. Just turn your mind off for the last two thirds of the movie until they sum everything up with who the murderer is because most of this movie is lights getting turned off and people bumping into each other, not much else besides that.

Published by cinemashrew

I am a writer and avid movie watcher (used to be music listener but I got bored of that).

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