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Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 August 1952 (USA)
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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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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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 »

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When Howard Wilton leans against the front door after having been laughed at by Ruth, the large shadow of the microphone is visible on the door and slowly gets out of the shot. See more »

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

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Deck the Halls
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Traditional Christmas carol
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor
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So True
15 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film it was about 1956 and even though I saw it again recently I have not changed my mind about it. I think it was Robert Ryans best film, because he portrayed someone like my father, and he was a schizophrenic in real life,(my father) although he never murdered anyone but was affected more so during the second world war which made him worse. Having to humour him just to get by and get through the day was so apt. (My mother and brother had to do this)When I saw Robert Ryan portraying this type of man, it was a very good imitation of this type of individual, and I was impressed.


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