Release date1965 WriterJohn Kneubuhl (screenplay), Henry Slesar (screenplay), Henry Slesar (story) CastConnie Stevens (Cassie / Melinda Duquesne), Dean Jones (Val Henderson), Cesar Romero (John Harley 'Duke' Duquesne), Parley Baer (Jules 'Buzzy' Sheridan), Virginia Gregg (Dolly Bast), Connie Gilchrist (Ramona Ryerdon) Similar moviesCinderella, The Prestige, Now You See Me, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Illusionist, Oz: The Great and Powerful
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Two on a Guillotine is a 1965 American horror film starring Connie Stevens, produced and directed by William Conrad. The screenplay by John Kneubuhl and Henry Slesar is based on a story by Slesar.
Two on a guillotine 1965 with connie stevens and dean jones
A prologue introduces the audience to John Harley Duquesne, a psychotic magician who accidentally beheads his wife Melinda with a guillotine during a performance. Twenty years later he dies, and his will requires his daughter Cassie (the mirror image of her mother) to spend seven nights in his apparently haunted mansion in order to inherit his estate.
Reporter Val Henderson offers to stay with her when he learns Duquesne promised to return in spirit form during Cassie's week-long vigil. As the days pass, the two encounter a number of spooky happenings, leading to a climax in which the not-really-dead Duquesne attempts a recreation of his guillotine trick, this time with his daughter as an unwilling assistant who hopefully won't lose her head.
In a climactic fight, Henderson tries to prevent Duquesne from activating the guillotine, but himself accidentally releases the catch; a dummy's head falls from the guillotine causing Duquesne to go insane thinking his daughter has been killed. Henderson rescues Cassie as the police come to arrest Duquesne.
Connie Stevens as Cassie/Melinda Duquesne
Dean Jones as Val Henderson
Cesar Romero as John Harley Duquesne
Parley Baer as Buzzy Sheridan
Virginia Gregg as Dolly Bast
John Hoyt as Carl Vickers
Principal production credits
Original Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography by Sam Leavitt
Art Direction by Art Loel
In his review in The New York Times, Howard Thompson called the film "a dull, silly, tedious clinker" and "an old-fashioned, haunted-house spooker."
TV Guide rates it two out of a possible four stars, calling it "a standard haunted house thriller."
The film was released via DVD on 22 June 2010.
Comic book adaption
Dell Movie Classic: Two on a Guillotine (April-June 1965)