Doctor X (1932) & Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) & The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

Doctor X (1932) Perhaps the most gruesome of the early sound horror movies was also the first of its genre filmed in two-strip Technicolor (and also in black and white). A series of brutal murders involving cannibalism occur under a full moon near Dr. Xavier’s laboratory, whose residents include his daughter and a quartet of weird scientists. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, John Wray. 35mm, Technicolor, 76 min.

Followed by: Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) This legendary horror classic was the last and best of Hollywood’s two-strip Technicolor features. A fire set by a double-crossing partner destroys sculptor Ivan Igor’s London museum with its dazzling array of historical wax figures. A crippled Igor opens a new museum in New York City as people and corpses suddenly begin to disappear. Remade as House of Wax (1953). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent. 35mm, Technicolor, 77 min.

Followed by: The Kennel Murder Case (1933) Curtiz’s supple direction and a deft turn by William Powell makes for a masterpiece of a murder mystery that is the best screen adaptation of S.S. Van Dine’s famed sleuth Philo Vance. A society swell involved with the Long Island Kennel Club turns up dead the next morning in his locked bedroom. Was it suicide or murder? Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade. 35mm, b/w, 73 min.

In person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.