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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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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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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 »


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Classic Early 60's "Chiller"
17 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

I put chiller in quotes, because this is just not thrilling or chilling in any way, It needs to be edited down (almost 2 hours for a thin plot), and the writing and the direction needed to be scaled back -- too much scenery chewing and yelling.

But there are some fun compensations.

The director, William Conrad, was better known as a radio actor, and the small parts of this movie are filled with veteran radio performers: Jeanette Nolan, Howard McNear, Ben Wright, Barry Sullivan, and even Conrad's voice turns up as the helicopter operator towards the end. If you listen to old radio shows, this is a bit of a treat.

The fashions are....well, Jeanette Nolan must be seen to be believed. Her hair is tortured into some demented structure in every scene. One dinner scene has her sporting a tower of hair that Marie Antoinette would have envied. Then there is the part where she has her hair in braids like a coronet, this is the scene where she stays up all night long to make sure that her niece is okay. Bright and early, the next morning, her hair is piled up like a castle battlement with curls and ruffles with an incongruous pony tail sticking straight out the back. When does the woman find the time to do her hair? Does she have a fully staffed beauty salon in her bedroom, or does the long suffering butler (the only servant we ever see) do the hot curler thing in addition to everything else? Her costumes are also flowing caftan like things made of satin. Who really dressed like this? Sorry to go on so much about the clothes and hair, but it was absolutely fascinating, in a bizarre way.

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