My Blood Runs Cold (1965)

Article 2001 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-6-2006
Posting Date: 2-3-2007
Directed by William Conrad
Featuring Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan

The daughter of a ruthless and possessive business tycoon almost runs over a man who claims to have known her in a previous life. Despite her father’s wishes, she falls in love with the man, and decides to run off with him. Unfortunately, the man isn’t quite what he seems…

I’m mostly familiar with William Conrad for his having played the title role in the TV series “Cannon”, and for his voice-over work on “Rocky and Bullwinkle”. In truth, he appears to have had a varied career, which includes a lot of radio work, some producing, and even some composing. As a director, he mostly worked for television. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered him in this capacity; he did some uncredited work on COUNTDOWN. At any rate, I’m not particularly impressed with his work on this one, but it’s mostly the story that leaves my blood running tepid. With all the potential for fantasy-horror here (what with the reincarnation angle and the psycho-on-the-loose plotline), somehow the movie seems little more than a variation of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE; just substitute a homicidal psycho for a troubled teen, and you’re pretty much in the same territory. The acting is variable, with Jeanette Nolan coming off the best as the heroine’s Aunt Sarah; she’s far and away the most unpredictable and interesting character in the story. Nocolas Coster also does surprisingly well when you consider that he has the thankless role in the movie (that of the the girl’s other boyfriend) and Sullivan also comes off well. Troy Donahue does all right, but his character is a little too obvious to be effective, and, though she is undeniably very attractive, I didn’t find Joey Heatherton to be very convincing in her role. The most fun I had with this movie was figuring out who does the voice of the helicopter pilot near the end of the movie.


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