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Two on a Guillotine (1965)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Horror | 13 January 1965 (USA)
Duke Duquesne is a very eccentric magician, and owing to his lifestyle his two-year-old daughter, Cassie, is sent away to live with an aunt. After twenty years, news of her father's death ... See full summary »

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Duke Duquesne is a very eccentric magician, and owing to his lifestyle his two-year-old daughter, Cassie, is sent away to live with an aunt. After twenty years, news of her father's death brings her back to Los Angeles to attend his funeral. The day after her arrival, she is told he left a rather odd will. It specifies that she will inherit her father's estate on the condition that she stay in his creepy palatial mansion for seven nights in a row - alone. Written by alfiehitchie

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Prolific composer Max Steiner's last film for Warner Bros. after nearly 30 years with that studio. See more »

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When BIG MIKE is first seen behind the bar, his cigar is very long. When he goes to wake up Buzzy Sheridan, the cigar is about half it's previous length. See more »

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John Harley 'Duke' Duquesne: [Speaking to an imaginary audience, while Cassie Duquesne, unconscious, is strapped into his stage-show guillotine] Ladies and gentlemen, behold one of the most tragic and malign figures in... in all the... the annals of recorded history. The beauteous Marie Antoinette. Doomed by the... by the... by the... bestial malevolence of the revolutionary mob, to end her glorious life upon this... this cruel instrument of bloody torture. La Belle Dame sans Merci. And why did she have to die? For ...
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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What Is This Thing Called Love?
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Connie Stevens
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This scared the living daylights out of me as a kid
19 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the low rating on this film at all. Although I can understand why people would be skeptical about a horror film starring Connie Stevens and Walt Disney leading man Dean Jones, these two really click in this one. John Harley 'Duke' Duquesne (Cesar Romero) is a magician whose wife (Connie Stevens in a dual role as wife Melinda/daughter Cassie twenty years later) is part of the act. Daughter Cassie has been living with an aunt that does not approve of her show-business parents ever since her mother disappeared when she was two. Neither father nor mother have ever tried to contact her in all of these years, and then one day she is notified of her father's death and comes to the funeral.

Thus Cassie returns to L.A. first for the funeral and then to take up residence in her father's mansion for a week, which is a condition of his will in which he promises to rise from the grave within that time. If he does not, Cassie is free to move out and take possession of her inheritance. In the meantime, reporter Val Henderson (Dean Jones) has taken an interest in the story and in Cassie. Complicating matters is the fact that if Cassie for any reason leaves the mansion between midnight and dawn during these seven days then her former nursemaid and her father's long-time care-taker and her father's former agent get to split the fortune instead. Let me also mention that the fact that Duquesne retired from show business twenty years before has left the two indigent. So when Cassie starts hearing and seeing things in the wee hours, is this Duke back from the dead, is it the two secondary heirs trying to drive her out of the mansion, or something else entirely? Watch and find out.

The big creepy mansion is full of tricks and traps that somewhat presage the ending, and then there's the movie's score that is about the creepiest thing I've ever heard, aptly done by Max Steiner. Take it from me, this is no mediocre six star horror film.


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