Torment (1950 film)

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Directed by John Guillermin
Written by John Guillermin
Starring Dermot Walsh
Rona Anderson
John Bentley
Music by John Wooldridge
Cinematography Gerald Gibbs
Edited by Robert Jordan Hill
Advance Productions
Distributed by Adelphi Films
Release date(s) 3 February 1950 (London) (UK)
November 10, 1950 (US)
Running time 68 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Torment (AKA "Paper Gallows"), is a 1950 British thriller film directed by John Guillermin and starring Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson and John Bentley.[1]


Brothers Cliff and Jim Brandon are a successful writing team specializing in murder mysteries, but Cliff and Jim are almost as disturbed as some of the characters they've created. Whilst researching their latest novel, one of the brothers commits murder, simply to experience the thrill. He then attempts to frame his secretary Joan for the crime. His reason this time is personal: both brothers are in love with Joan, but she prefers one over the other. The saner of the two brothers races against time to save Joan from the gallows and to bring his sibling to justice.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote, "the story here is nothing new, but direction is fresh and original. Taking this simplistic plot line, Guillermin manages to inject some good suspense into a modestly budgeted feature. Walsh, Bentley, and Anderson play their roles well and play against one another with skill." [3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Torment | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Paper Gallows (1950) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Paper Gallows Review". Retrieved 2014-04-16.