Helen Gordon hires Howard Wilton as a handyman to do chores around her house. She doesn't know what she's let herself in for. Insecure and paranoid, Wilton thinks everyone, including Helen, is against him. He suffers from memory lapses and extreme mood swings. She's soon a prisoner in her own house after Wilton locks the doors and tears out the telephone. His mood swings from violence to complacency but after Helen gets a message to the police via a telephone repairman, she finds he is still in the house. Written by
Trapped by a man beyond control!
Did You Know?
The head of RKO Pictures, Howard Hughes, withheld the film from release for a year. Robert Ryan felt Hughes tried to 'bury' the film because Ryan was publicly active in left-wing politics. See more
In the opening scene, the first shot through the window of Howard Wilton installing the screen shows a list of chores in the foreground with seven items on it, beginning with "sweep porch, water flowers" etc. In the closeup of Howard that follows, the list has changed, it now has a title ("Things To Do") and has only four items, starting with "rake yard, clean windows" etc. See more
Deck the Halls
Traditional Christmas carol
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor See more