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Beware, My Lovely (1952)

A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely 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!

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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

In one of the very first scenes where he is cleaning up and calling to Mrs. Warren, the dish sink faucets are leaking; he ignores it as he goes about cleaning the bucket in the wash basin, etc. 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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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) 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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Proficient ,and gripping thriller
9 June 2003 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Mel Dinelli , whose contributions to the movies include the intelligent scripts to the minor classics "The Window " and "The Spiral Staircase" wrote a play called "The Man " which ran on Broadway and provided the source material for this entertaining minor thriller . Ida Lupino plays a widow in small town middle America ,shortly after World War one ,who gives a job as house cleaner to a vagrant ,played by Robert Ryan ,unaware that he is a psychopath ,with a tendency to memory lapses ,and a history of killing his former employers as well as having a major persecution complex. It is not too long before she is being held prisoner in her own home and in mortal fear of her life .

Crisp direction from Harry Horner and two coiled spring performances by the estimable leads keep interest and tension high . Only a strident and conventional score ,replete with skittish strings and discordant brass ,plus a somewhat rushed ending mitigate against a higher rating.

Gripping and enjoyable all the same with both stars confirming how undervalued they still are.


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