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My Blood Runs Cold (1965)

Disturbed young man meets a girl he believes to be a long-dead ancestor.



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Harry Lindsay
Aunt Sarah
Mrs. Courtland
Howard Wendell ...
Mr. Courtland


Wealthy, reckless Californian Julie Merriday, accompanied by her boyfriend Harry Lindsay, an attorney, narrowly avoids crashing into a motorcycle driven by young Ben Gunther. Ben temporarily abandons his damaged cycle and accepts a ride from Julie but insists upon calling her Barbara. Later, at the Merriday beach house, Julie's Aunt Sarah tells Julie that her great great grandmother was named Barbara, and furthermore, that ancestress had an illegitimate child fathered by one Benjamin Gunther. Despite her father's protestations and Ben's irrational conviction that she and he are reincarnations of the past lovers, Julie breaks off with Harry and elopes with Ben. While aboard a small ketch Ben claims he owns, Julie finds the earlier Benjamin's diary, reads of his affair with her ancestress, and realizes that Ben lied. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

24 March 1965 (USA)  »

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The climactic chase scene was filmed at the Del Monte Sand Plant. See more »


When helicopter is chasing Ben and Julie, they are running across sun-drenched field but in reverse shots copter is flying beneath cloudy skies. See more »


Julian Merriday: Gunther!
Julian Merriday: Good morning, Mr. Merriday.
Julian Merriday: Gunther, you and I have something to discuss. You've been trying to sell my daughter some idiotic story about her being the reincarnation of Barbara Merriday. It won't work, Gunther, won't work.
Ben Gunther: Sir, I'm not trying to play any games.
Julian Merriday: Oh, come on, boy, you don't think I was born yesterday. You're not the first cheap opportunist who's tried to latch onto my daughter, you won't be the last. I should have nailed you when you first made that pretty little speech ...
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[prologue] My heart is sad, my hopes are gone, My blood runs cold through my breast; And when I perish, thou alone, Wilt sigh above my place of rest. Lord Byron. See more »


Referenced in True Romance (1993) See more »

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Joey Heatherton: baby doll thespian!
5 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of our local TV channels used to show this movie frequently on the late show--but not at all in the last 10 years, so it appears "My Blood Runs Cold" is another in the long line of forgotten '60s potboilers. Too bad, because it's dopey fun. Joey Heatherton proves she's quite the little thespian here, portraying swinging single meeting a strange young man who is convinced he was her lover in a past life! Story is fairly tight, until the last reel when it begins to unravel. The chase-climax is straight off the assembly line. However, Joey is really charismatic here and had me glued to the screen. She overcomes the obvious exploitation angle director William Conrad takes and gives the picture a big boost. **1/2 from ****

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