My Blood Runs Cold

My Blood Runs Cold is a 1965 American thriller film starring Troy Donahue with Joey Heatherton as his love interest. It was directed by William Conrad. It was the second of three thrillers Conrad made for Warner Bros. A young woman falls in love with a man who may be insane.[2]

My Blood Runs Cold
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Theatrical poster
Directed byWilliam Conrad
Written byJohn Mantley[1]
Based onstory by John Meredyth Lucas
Produced byWilliam Conrad
StarringTroy Donahue
Joey Heatherton
Barry Sullivan
CinematographySam Leavitt
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Music byGeorge Duning
Warner Bros
Distributed byWarner Bros
Release date
  • March 24, 1965 (1965-03-24)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States


After a car accident, Julie meets a stranger who tells her he is in love with her. The young man, Ben Gunther, believes he and the young woman, Julie Merriday, are the reincarnations of lovers from an earlier time. Ben calls Julie 'Barbara' and gives her a gold locket with her picture in it. Ben takes her sailing and they swim to a cave where he tells her he found the locket. Aunt Sarah confirms Ben's stories that match the family history. Julie's controlling father and boyfriend distrust Ben. He convinces Julie of his beliefs and encourages her to run off with him to marry. Julie's need for independence leads her to say yes to Ben.

On a stormy night the couple sail away to elope. The father calls the Sheriff who discovers Ben's real name is Arthur Maine, an escaped murderer from an insane asylum. The police search for the sailboat by helicopter. Julie finds a diary of Benjamin H. Gunther dated 1874 on the boat that exposes Ben's fraud. Julie is scared but he still professes his love.

To escape the police, the couple land the boat but are seen running on a beach. There is an extended chase and boyfriend Harry tries to reason with 'Ben'. Julie escapes but the two men climb a high sand plant platform and in the struggle Ben falls to his death.



The movie was a considerable change of pace for Donahue. It was shot on the Monterey Peninsula in late 1964.[3][4]


Box officeEdit

The film was profitable.[5]


The Washington Post called the film "woolly" and full of plotholes.[6] The New York Times called it a "wordy, bloodless little Warner chiller."[7] "A blah Troy Donahue and a bad script spoil the show" said the Los Angeles Times.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FILMLAND EVENTS: 'Mule for Marquesa' Bought by Columbia". Los Angeles Times. Aug 25, 1964. p. D7.
  2. ^ ""My Blood Runs Cold", Internet Movie Database". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Oct 12, 1964). "Trend: Are Movies Going to the Cats?: Chad, Jeremy Meet Beatles; Troy Donahue 'Going Psycho'". Los Angeles Times. p. D18.
  4. ^ "Troy Is Playing New Kind of Role". Los Angeles Times. Nov 2, 1964. p. D22.
  5. ^ Thomas, Kevin. (July 6, 1966). "Conrad Sees Green in Future". Los Angeles Times. p. c9.
  6. ^ Richard L. Coe. (Sep 10, 1965). "A Fate Worse Than Insanity". The Washington Post. p. B37.
  7. ^ Thompson, Howard (Mar 25, 1965). "My Blood Runs Cold' Brings Troy Donahue to the Palace". New York Times. p. 42.
  8. ^ Thomas, Kevin. (Apr 2, 1965). "My Blood Runs Cold' Taps Vein of Banality". Los Angeles Times. p. D14.

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