France, 1875. A condemned man learns of a legal loophole that he would be pardoned if the executioner dies before his execution. He then enlists his wife in a scheme to make sure that this improbable scenario comes to pass.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself
Robert Middleton ...
Monsieur de Paris
Danielle De Metz ...
Babette Lamont
Alejandro Rey ...
Robert Lamont
Gregory Morton ...
The Prison Director
Marcel Hillaire ...
The Barber, M. Guillaume
Gaylord Cavallaro ...
The Cabbie, Francois Trintineaux
Janine Grandel ...
Madame LeClerc
Peter Brocco ...
The Assistant Director
Louis Mercier ...
The Wall Guard
Peter Camlin ...
Louis
Peter Balakoff ...
The Prisoner (as Ted Roter)
Guy De Vestel ...
The Priest
David Cross ...
Guard 1 (as David R. Cross)
Charles La Torre ...
The Doctor
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France, 1875. A condemned man learns of a legal loophole that he would be pardoned if the executioner dies before his execution. He then enlists his wife in a scheme to make sure that this improbable scenario comes to pass.

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26 September 1961 (USA)  »

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"Monsieur de Paris", the name by which the Robert Middleton character is addressed, was the unofficial title of France's sole headsman after 1870, when the declining frequency of executions forced the retirement of the various provincial headsmen. See more »

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Robert Lamont: I win! I win! I win!
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Terrific suspense builds to a satisfying climax
14 May 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

After a lacklustre opener to the second season, "Guillotine" really got the series back into high gear. Another solid effort from director Ida Lupino, this Cornell Woolrich story is set in 1875 France, where convicted murderer Robert Lamont (Alejandro Rey), sentenced to death by beheading, implores his wife Babette (Danielle De Metz) to make certain the executioner will not complete his task. Robert Middleton, previously seen in "The Fingers of Fear," plays the unsuspecting executioner, Monsieur De Paris, while other roles are essayed by such familiar faces as Peter Brocco, Louis Mercier, and Marcel Hillaire (LOST IN SPACE). Danielle De Metz had previously appeared in 1959's "Return of the Fly," while Alejandro Rey would go on to play another doomed character in "La Strega," opposite a young unknown named Ursula Andress.


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