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Tormented (1960)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 September 1960 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Bert I. Gordon (story), George Worthing Yates (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Carlson ... Tom Stewart
Susan Gordon ... Sandy Hubbard
Lugene Sanders ... Meg Hubbard
Juli Reding ... Vi Mason
Joe Turkel ... Nick, The Blackmailer
Lillian Adams ... Mrs. Ellis
Gene Roth ... Mr. Nelson, lunch stand operator
Vera Marshe ... Mrs. Hubbard (as Vera Marsh)
Harry Fleer Harry Fleer ... Frank Hubbard
Merritt Stone Merritt Stone ... Clergyman
George Stanley George Stanley ... Wedding Guest
Dick Walsh Dick Walsh ... Wedding Guest
Leslie Thomas Leslie Thomas ... Wedding Guest
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Her lips, cold as a tomb! Her caress, a naked chill! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tormented... by the She-Ghost of Haunted Island! See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cheviot Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Fleer is dubbed by Paul Frees. See more »

Goofs

When Tom and Sandy are walking on the beach in an early scene, for a brief moment there's a black object on the right side of the frame, as the camera is tracking left. It's likely a microphone, or part of the camera equipment. See more »

Quotes

Tom Stewart: Sandy, if you were to stay mad at me for the rest of your life, I couldn't blame you.
Sandy Hubbard: I couldn't stay mad at you for that long.
Tom Stewart: No matter what?
Sandy Hubbard: No matter what.
Tom Stewart: How about fighting with your sister? Meg's mad at me.
Sandy Hubbard: She'll get over it, and if she doesn't, then I can marry you.
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Soundtracks

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 michael.e.barrettSee 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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