Torment (1950 British film)

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

Directed byJohn Guillermin
Written byJohn Guillermin
StarringDermot Walsh
Rona Anderson
John Bentley
Music byJohn Wooldridge
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byRobert Jordan Hill
Advance Productions
Distributed byAdelphi Films
Release date
  • 3 February 1950 (1950-02-03) (London UK)
  • 10 November 1950 (1950-11-10) (US)
Running time
68 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


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

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]


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