Professor Bondi's cabinet

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German title Professor Bondi's cabinet
Original title House of Wax
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Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1953
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director André De Toth
script Charles Belden
Crane Wilbur
production Warner Bros.
Joe Dreier
Bryan Foy
music David Buttolph
camera Bert Glennon
J. Peverell Marley
cut Rudi Fehr

The Cabinet of Professor Bondi (original title: House of Wax ) is a horror film shot in 3D from 1953. The film is a remake of The Secret of the Wax Museum from 1933.


Professor Henry Jarrod is a gifted creator of wax figures in New York from 1910. When his business partner Matthew Burke demands more sensations to increase sales, Jarrod refuses for artistic reasons. To get the $ 25,000 insured sum, Burke sets the museum on fire.

Jarrod survived the fire with very serious injuries and is setting up a new wax museum. He gets help from the deaf and mute Igor . In the Chamber of Secrets in the museum, Jarrod recreates famous crime cases as well as famous characters from history. When Sue Allen visits the museum, she discovers a terrifying resemblance between the figure of the Maid of Orleans and her missing friend Cathy Gray .

In fact, because of the loss of his creations, which for him were always more than just wax figures, Professor Jarrod has gone mad and now uses the corpses of the people he murdered as the scaffolding for his new figures. When Sue Allen is about to be turned into a wax figure, she can be saved at the last second and Jarrod comes to an end by falling into a large vat of boiling hot wax during the argument with the police who intervene.


  • The cabinet of Professor Bondi of Warner Bros. was the first large-scale production in 3D by a so-called "Major Company".
  • Director André de Toth only had one eye, so he couldn't see in three dimensions himself. Nevertheless, with this film he managed not only to create a horror film classic, but also one of the few classic 3D films at the same time.
  • The Hollywood premiere was a significant social event that also attracted numerous stars who actually had nothing to do with the film itself. An old newsreel recording shows, for example, the actor Bela Lugosi (dressed up in a complete Dracula costume) and the western star and later US President Ronald Reagan .
  • The film was one of the first to be provided with stereo sound (which was previously ignored in television broadcasts) and was later copied from the original 35 mm film format to 70 mm film . As the first 3D film with stereo sound, the film is in the Guinness Book of Records .
  • Originally this film was also performed using the polarization method , but later, for reasons of cost, it was copied to the simpler anaglyph red-green method.
  • The film premiered in the United States on April 10, 1953. For the German version, the name of the main character Henry Jarrod was changed to Henry Bondi. The German premiere was on May 22, 1953.
  • In 2005 a loose remake called House of Wax with Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert was created , which is only thematically (corpses as a framework for wax figures) based on the original material.
  • In 2014 the film was included in the National Film Registry .


[...] a gruesomely beautiful horror classic and a classic of 3-D film. (Rating: 3 stars = very good) "

- Lexicon "Films on TV".

Disgusting fairground attraction designed for sheer thrills. "

- 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958.

A surprisingly well-executed horror story that far surpasses its predecessor in terms of atmosphere and tension. The otherwise unfavorable use of color for horror films is handled in a sophisticated and thoughtful manner under de Toth's sure direction. In addition to a number of creative effects (noteworthy the melting of the wax figures during the conflagration and a chase through the deserted streets of New York), the film shocked the audience at the time with some too blatant scenes of violence. "

- The great TV feature film film dictionary.

Set in Victorian England, a scary film of the more intelligent and sophisticated kind that experiments with stereo sound and 3D technology. "


  • DVD: The Cabinet of Professor Bondi - House of Wax , Warner Home Video 2005 (also contains The Secret of the Wax Museum from 1933)
  • 3D-Blu-ray: The Cabinet of Professor Bondi - House of Wax from October 2013 on Warner Home Video. The English sound version of The Cabinet of Professor Bondi is in the original stereo sound.


  • Lucy Chase Williams: The Complete Films of Vincent Price. Citadel Press (Carol Communications), New York and Secaucus 1995, ISBN 0-8065-1600-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Susan King: 25 titles added to National Film Registry , Los Angeles Times online, December 17, 2014, accessed December 18, 2014
  2. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz in Lexicon "Films on TV" (extended new edition). Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 430.
  3. 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958. Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism, 3rd edition, Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 227.
  4. -jg- in: The great TV feature film film lexicon. Digital library special volume (CD-ROM edition). Directmedia, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-89853-036-1 , p. 6788.
  5. ^ The cabinet of Professor Bondi. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used