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Directed by Bert I. Gordon
USA 1960


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Richard Carlson stars in this thrill-fest as a man haunted by a nagging conscience and a dead lover! Jazz pianist Tom Stewart (Carlson) is headed for Carnegie Hall - right after he marries his lovely fiancée Meg (Lugene Sanders). But when Vi Mason (Juli Reding), a lounge singer Tom rejected, shows up at the island lighthouse where Tom practices, she insists that no one will marry Tom but her. After she accidentally falls over a railing to her death, Vi returns as a ghost bent on revenge. Slowly, Tom loses his grip on reality, and it's a matter of time before tragedy strikes again in Tormented! Because of his initials (B.I.G.) and also because he frequently wrote giants into his science fiction screenplays, Bert I. (Ira) Gordon was nicknamed "Mr. Big" by actor friend Forrest J. Ackerman.


Jazz pianist Tom Stewart (Carlson), who lives in a Cape Cod island community, is preparing to marry his fiancée Meg Hubbard (Lugene Sanders). Shortly before the wedding, Tom's old girlfriend Vi Mason (Juli Reding) visits and informs him that she will end his relationship with Meg, using blackmail if necessary. While she is arguing with him atop a lighthouse, the railing she is leaning on gives way. She manages to hang on briefly, but Tom refuses to help and watches her fall to her death.

The next day, Tom sees Vi's body floating in the water. After he retrieves her, the body turns into seaweed. He tries to forget what he has seen, but over the next few days, Vi's watch washes up on the beach, strange footprints appear in the sand, Vi's ghost appears and tells Tom that she will haunt him for the rest of his life, and when Meg's little sister Sandy (Susan Gordon) asks to see the wedding ring Tom will give Meg, a disembodied hand makes off with it...


Theatrical Release: September 20th, 1960

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Runtime 1:15:03     

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16 X 9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Warner Archive


1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.56 mb/s

Widescreen anamorphic


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DVD Release Date:
August 13th, 2013
Standard Keep Case

Chapters 8




The Blu-ray of Tormented is compared HERE

ADDITION: Warner Archive DVD (July 2020): Warner Archive have transferred Bert I. Gordon's Tormented to MoD (Manufactured on Demand) DVD. I saw it on YouTube, loved it and had to own it. There have been some sloppy DVD transfer floating around but this, by Warner Archive, is the best - and certainly better than YT. It is anamorphic in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and has a few light damage marks - see last two captures (plenty in the stock footage of an island in the opening scene.) Generally though this looks solid for the SD format.

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On their DVD Warner Archive use a lossy Dolby track in the original English. The score is by Albert Glasser (The Cyclops, Attack of the Puppet People, Abilene Town, The Spider, I Shot Jesse James, Behind Locked Doors) and is fairly dramatic with a jazz edge. The lounge-y Tormented theme is written by Glasser and is sung by Margie Rayburn (representing Vi Mason.) Warner Archive offer no subtitles on their Region FREE, NTSC DVD.

The Warner Archive DVD has no supplements and only one, generic, menu screen.

Tormented has Bert I. Gordon firmly implanted in his premium 'B' element - without an overabundance of schlock... but still 'some'. There is an interesting subtext here with powerful guilt forming delusions and the kid sister (played by Susan Gordon - daughter of director Bert I. Gordon) representing Vi Mason (a distractingly stacked Juli Reding) with her schoolgirl crush on Tom Stewart. It is definitely more in the range of nostalgia value with the hokier aspects (holding the decapitated head) being very cool. I loved it - a great way to start a double feature night. With the island milieu - how about paired with the The Night of the Big Heat... or maybe not. To each his own. Recommended if you can get Warner's bare-bones MoD disc at at cheap enough price. $10-$12 sounds right.

Gary Tooze


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