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Beware, My Lovely (1952)

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A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely widow.

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Mrs. Helen Gordon
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Taylor Holmes ...
Mr. Walter Armstrong
Barbara Whiting ...
Ruth Williams
James Willmas ...
Mr. Stevens
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Mr. Franks
Dee Pollock ...
Doug, Grocery Boy (as Dee Pollack)
Brad Morrow ...
Boy
Jimmy Mobley ...
Jimmy, Boy
Shelly Lynn Anderson ...
Boy
Ronnie Patterson ...
Boy
Jeanne Eggenweiler ...
Jeanne, Girl
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Trapped by a man beyond control!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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7 August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Day Without End  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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This story was later redone in 1960 on the NBC TV series "Startime," titled "The Man" (the name of the 1950 Mel Dinelli play the movie was based on) it starred Thelma Ritter and Audie Murphy. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Version of Suspense: Goodbye New York (1949) See more »

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Don't beware this film, it's lovely!
3 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Intense domestic suspense with the mistress of the house (Lupino, excellent as always) threatened by a psychotic migrant housecleaner (Ryan). The 2 masters of the genre are at their heady, erotic best as they match wits, emotions, and wills in a bizarre hostage situation right out of the Saturday Evening Post. Richly hued B & W photography with an unusual amount of close-up head shots. The young girl who teases Ryan is really well directed here. Improbable, but satisfying suburban melodrama.


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