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Two on a Guillotine

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Director  William Conrad
Music director  Max Steiner
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Mystery, Horror
Running time  1h 47m
Cinematography  Sam Leavitt
Language  English
Two on a Guillotine movie poster
Release date  1965
Writer  John Kneubuhl (screenplay), Henry Slesar (screenplay), Henry Slesar (story)
Cast  Connie 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)
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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.


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Two on a guillotine 1965 with connie stevens and dean jones


Two on a Guillotine movie scenes

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.

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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.

Principal cast

Two on a Guillotine 1965 HORRORPEDIA
  • 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

    Two on a Guillotine 1965 William Conrad Connie Stevens Dean
  • Original Music by Max Steiner
  • Cinematography by Sam Leavitt
  • Art Direction by Art Loel
  • Critical reception

    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."

    Two on a Guillotine Movies TV on Google Play

    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)
  • References

    Two on a Guillotine Wikipedia
    Two on a Guillotine IMDb Two on a Guillotine

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