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?
This story was originally done on the CBS radio show Suspense as "To Find Help" on 18 January 1945 with Frank Sinatra
as Howard and Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Gillis (Mrs. Gordon in the film). This was Sinatra's "dramatic debut" on radio. It was done again on Suspense
(1949) with Gene Kelly
and Ethel Barrymore
on 6 January 1949. See more
When Helen backs away from Howard after he discovers the secret message on the check, the shadow of a crew member is cast all over Helen's back, and is seen holding his hand to his head, then putting it down. See more
Referenced in American Grindhouse