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Thriller: Waxworks

A traveling exhibit of wax figures of murderers appears to be the cause of a more recent wave of killings.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 14159
Airdate: Monday January 08th, 1962



Guest Stars
Antoinette BowerAntoinette Bower
As Annette Jacquelin
Recurring
Alan BaxterAlan Baxter
As Sergeant Dane
Recurring
Oskar HomolkaOskar Homolka
As Pierre Jacquelin
Ron ElyRon Ely
As Hudson (Detective Mike Hudson)
Booth ColmanBooth Colman
As Lieutenant Bailey
Martin KosleckMartin Kosleck
As Colonel Andre Bertoux

Co-Guest Stars
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Morgue Attendant
Recurring
Amy FieldsAmy Fields
As Irene (Irene Coulter)
George SpicerGeorge Spicer
As The Young Man (Ronnie)
June KenneyJune Kenney
As The Girl
Main Cast

Recap

A wax museum owner, Pierre Jacquelin, shows off an exhibit of a husband killing his wife. He then takes the visitors to the next exhibit, but a young woman jumps and tells her boyfriend Ronnie that she saw a figure of a hanged man move. Pierre assures her that they can’t move and explains that he is the one who modeled them. The next exhibit features an axe murderer, Vardak, arrested by the police. A woman, Irene Coulter, does a sketch of the statue and Pierre points out the figure’s clubfoot...

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Episode Quotes
Host: "I cannot tell a lie. I cut it with my hatchet." A very famous quote from an even more famous gentleman. But his good father had no trouble obtaining the confession. After all, his victim was nothing more than a cherry tree. While ours... ours was living flesh and blood. I don't know if an admission of guilt can be extracted from a chap who, as we have heard, has already been executed not once, not twice, but three times. Yes, my friends, Vardak the mass murderer certainly should be harmless now, now that he's merely a cleverly molded figure in the waxworks. Which as it so happens is the setting of the title of our story. And moving amidst models of monsters and murderers, you will encounter some very real people, our players. And they are Pierre Jacquelin, master sculptor, whose wax companions include fifty of the world's most diabolical murderers, played by Oskar Homolka. His niece, Annette, beautiful, beguiling, a pleasant contrast to her sinister surroundings. Played by Antoinette Bower. Colonel Bertroux, a pursuer as relentless as he is mysterious. Portrayed by Martin Kosleck. Detective Hudson, a very young man in a very dangerous business. Played by Ron Ely. His more seasoned colleague, Sgt. Dane, who is to learn that flesh-and-blood murderers are much easier to capture than any other kind. Enacted by Alan Baxter. And Lt. Bailey, whose not so enviable responsibility it is to solve the mystery of the waxworks. Portrayed by Booth Colman. So come, let us go into the Chamber of Horrors together. I vouch for the fact that you'll enjoy yourselves. And it'll be interesting to see if you will find your way out... alone.

Lt. Bailey: Well open up, man, we got business.
Morgue Attendant: Well, sure. Practically nobody comes here for pleasure.

Morgue Attendant: Just a hatchet.
Sgt. Dane: Just a hatchet? Don't you got any feelings about these things?
Morgue Attendant: Well sure I do. I nearly cut my finger on this one. Boy, it's sharp.
Sgt. Dane: Glad there's something sharp around here.

Detective Mike Hudson: Enjoy your meal?
Annette Jacquelin: I thought everything was fine. Didn't you?
Detective Mike Hudson: Well, frankly, I thought the egg foo yung tasted like egg foo not-so-yung to me.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerWilliam Frye
Associate ProducerDouglas Benton
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Julia Heron
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
GraphicsJerome Gould (1)
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreMorton Stevens
Film EditorDanny B. Landres
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
Assistant DirectorDonald Baer
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
 
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