"House of Wax" (1953)
Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones and a young Charles Bronson star in this classic thriller about a deranged wax figure sculptor (Price) who uses real bodies for his chamber of horrors wax museum. Ironically, director André De Toth was blind in one eye and couldn't experience the 3-D effects.
"It's not only really well made," Joseph says, "but the 3-D is terrific and it's a good story. It's not cheaply done in any sense. It's very much a studio [Warner Bros.] film with a good budget. Every time it got rereleased and when we have run it at the expos, it draws a huge crowd.
"There were 50 movies done in English in 3-D during the golden age and maybe 15 or 16 were originally shown in stereophonic sound. Of those, only two [soundtracks] have survived. The others were lost. The worst one that is lost is 'House of Wax' because not only is it a terrific score -- they made a big deal of it being in stereo -- it was more or less the first time people heard stereophonic anything. It played all over the country in stereo. But they are just lost tracks. It's very sad."