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
Much is made of how the dog barks wildly every time it sees Howard; however, at the end when Howard is at the door, the dog runs by without even paying attention to him. See more
Deck the Halls
Traditional Christmas carol
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor See more