In France in 1875, a team of workers led by Monsieur de Paris prepare the guillotine for execution. The executioner confirms that it easily drops with the touch of a foot to the lever. Next they test its sharpness on a cabbage, cutting it clean through...Read the full recap
Monsieur de Paris: And now, mademoiselle, if you will excuse me, I must not be late for dinner.
Babette Lamont: Your wife?
Monsieur de Paris: Oh much worse, mademoiselle: my housekeeper.
Babette Lamont: Oh, what a delicious smell.
Monsieur de Paris: How thoughtless of me. Please mademoiselle, do us the honor of remaining for dinner.
Babette Lamont: Are you sure it will please Madame de Clerc?
Monsieur de Paris: Madame de Clerc has not been pleased since the day she attended her husband's funeral.
Prison Director: Robert Lamont, it is my duty to inform you that your appeal has been refused. Be brave.
Robert Lamont: Why not? It costs no more.
The Barber: Bonjour, monsieur. Shave?
Robert Lamont: Go to blazes!
The Barber: Yes, I will, someday. But you, you will be there to have things all nice and cozy for me.
Host: Here is the condemned man, Robert Lamont, who desires to keep his head while others about him are losing theirs.
Karloff quotes from Rudyard Kipoling's poem "If--" (1895).