Two on a Guillotine

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Two on a Guillotine
DVD cover
Directed by William Conrad
Produced by William Conrad
Written by John Kneubuhl
Henry Slesar
Starring Connie Stevens
Dean Jones
Cesar Romero
Parley Baer
Virginia Gregg
John Hoyt
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]


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.

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Critical reception[edit]

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."[2]

TV Guide rates it two out of a possible four stars, calling it "a standard haunted house thriller."[3]


The film was released via DVD on 22 June 2010.[4]

Comic book adaption[edit]

  • Dell Movie Classic: Two on a Guillotine (April-June 1965)[5][6]

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