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Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 August 1952 (USA)
A psychopath on the run takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely war widow.

Director:

Harry Horner

Writers:

Mel Dinelli (screenplay), Mel Dinelli (story "The Man") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Mrs. Helen Gordon
Robert Ryan ... Howard Wilton
Taylor Holmes ... Mr. Walter Armstrong
Barbara Whiting ... Ruth Williams
James Willmas James Willmas ... Mr. Stevens
O.Z. Whitehead ... Mr. Franks
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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!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day Without End See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After it's success on the CBS radio show Suspense in two separate productions in 1945 and 1949, Mel Dinelli turned it into a short story entitled "The Man" which was good enough to be included in several 1949 best short story anthologies. Dinelli then transformed it into a three-act play which opened on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre, 210 W. 46th St., on January 19, 1950 and ran for 92 performances. Many stage versions of the play followed around the world. Ida Lupino saw the big-screen potential and bought the movie rights, hiring Dinelli to do the screenplay adaptation. This meant that Dinelli had successfully parlayed one original story into a radio play, short story, stage play and screenplay. It was also later adapted for television a few times by other writers. See more »

Goofs

When the delivery boy is unpacking groceries, Wilton pulls down the shade over the window in the door. When he lets the kid out, the shade is up again. See more »

Quotes

Howard Wilton: Mrs. Gordon...
Mrs. Helen Gordon: Yes?
Howard Wilton: Have I done anything to hurt you?
Mrs. Helen Gordon: No. Of course you haven't.
Howard Wilton: I'm glad. Because I wouldn't want to hurt you. But I might, you know.
Mrs. Helen Gordon: I don't believe that. You're just not feeling well, that's all.
Howard Wilton: [haltingly] You don't know what it means... like I do... to find myself in the... middle of a room... the middle of a busy street... or in some house I'm working in. A thing like that happens, I wonder where I am... what I'm doing. And sometimes I'm... I'm looking down at someone... ...
[...]
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Connections

Remade as Un homme dans la maison (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional Christmas carol, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor
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Don't beware this film, it's lovely!
3 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee 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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