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Tormented (1960)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 September 1960 (USA)
A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

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Sandy Hubbard
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Meg Hubbard
Juli Reding ...
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Nick, The Blackmailer
Lillian Adams ...
Mrs. Ellis
Gene Roth ...
Mr. Nelson, lunch stand operator
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Mrs. Hubbard (as Vera Marsh)
Harry Fleer ...
Frank Hubbard
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George Stanley ...
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On an island community off of California, Tom Stewart is preparing to marry the woman he loves. His plans are threatened by his old girlfriend, Vi, who shows up secretly. During a confrontation at the top of the island's lighthouse, the railing breaks and Vi falls. Tom has a chance to save her but doesn't. Tom's relief at Vi's accident soon fades when her vengeful spirit begins showing up wherever he goes... Written by C. Robert Stevens <crstevens@mail.utexas.edu>

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A ghost-woman owned him body and soul! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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On the German poster for this movie, actresses Susan Gordon and Juli Reding's names are mixed up and printed as Juli Gordon and Susan Reding. Also, director Bert I. Gordon's name is printed as Bert J. Gordon. See more »

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At the wedding, Sandy is holding her bouquet in both hands in close ups, but in the long shots, she is holding it with her left hand and her right arm is hanging by her side. See more »

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Frank Hubbard: It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much.
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Spoofed in Partially Devoured Movies: Tormented (2013) See more »

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Tormented
Music by Albert Glasser
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Sung by Margie Rayburn
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low-budget cross of Twilight Zone and film noir
16 January 2002 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

The first thing to notice is the photography of Ernest Laszlo, a veteran of film noir who shot the classic "D.O.A.", "Kiss Me Deadly" and Fritz Lang's "While the City Sleeps." (And the same year "Tormented" came out, he did "Inherit the Wind"!) He elevates this little ghost tale no end, with nice compositions such as the shots through broken lighthouse windows.

Classical ghost stories usually don't have very far to go, and that's probably why there aren't too many of them in American cinema. Someone's haunted, that's it. Such tales are atmosphere-heavy instead of plot-heavy, since motive and outcome are usually obvious. In this case, the atmosphere is a combination of spookiness (with some clumsy effects, and some smooth ones, like the pan shot across the room to reveal the missing LP which has somehow moved to the record player) and the neurotic paranoia of the hero, who reveals himself as trapped a sap as many a noir fool who blames his troubles on a dame. The plot delays and prolongs, but the last act juggles several nice twists. By the end, this cynical little flick has shown more style and imagination than several recent special-effects ghost movies.


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