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
When Ida Lupino awakens after her fight with Robert Ryan the curtains on the window at the foot of the bed can be seen moving in the breeze, even though the window is obviously closed. See more
Deck the Halls
Traditional Christmas carol
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor See more