My Blood Runs Cold: Film Noir Starring Troy Donahue

One of Troy Donahue’s last roles as a star, My Blood Runs Cold is a 1965 American film noir, directed by William Conrad.

(It was the second of three thrillers Conrad made for Warner).

In this black and white low budgeter, a young woman falls in love with a man, Ben Gunther (Troy Donahue), who may be insane.  Why?  He holds that he and the young woman, Julie Merriday, are the reincarnations of lovers from an earlier time.

In the second half of the film, Ben convinces Julie of his beliefs and encourages her to run off with

Shot on the Monterey Peninsula in late 1964, the film has its moments, though the narrative is full of plot holes and does not make much sense–on any level.

The New York Times called it a “wordy, bloodless little Warner chiller. “A blah Troy Donahue and a bad script spoil the show” said the Los Angeles Times.

Donahue wanted to move beyond his established screen image of the late 1950s and early 1960s as “an all-American heartthrob,” but his acting abilities were limited, and his fans did not want to see him as “crazy killer.”

Though penned by most critics, the movie recouped its expense and even made some profit for Warner, the studio that had made Donahue a star.

Running time: 104 Minutes

The flawed scrip was written by John Mantley,  based on the story by John Meredyth Lucas.


Troy Donahue

Joey Heatherton

Barry Sullivan


Produced and directed by William Conrad

Music: George Duning

Camera: Sam Leavitt

Editing: William H. Ziegler







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