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.
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
In the opening scene, the first shot through the window of Howard Wilton installing the screen shows a list of chores in the foreground with seven items on it, beginning with "sweep porch, water flowers" etc. In the closeup of Howard that follows, the list has changed, it now has a title ("Things To Do") and has only four items, starting with "rake yard, clean windows" etc. See more
[after Ruth has deliberately sprinkled debris on the floor he's just been cleaning, on his hands and knees
You think I'm funny?
I don't like being laughed at.
Well, aren't *you* the bundle of nerves! Listen, you. I don't see many men around polishing floors. It's a woman's job. Who do you think you are? Seems to me there's better ways for a *man* to make a living.
Deck the Halls
Traditional Christmas carol, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor See more