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Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 August 1952 (USA)
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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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

This story was later redone in 1960 on the NBC TV series "Startime," titled "The Man" (the name of the 1950 Mel Dinelli play the movie was based on) it starred Thelma Ritter and Audie Murphy. See more »

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In the opening scene, the murder victim blinks. 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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Version of Suspense: Goodbye New York (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
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Traditional Christmas carol, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor
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Don't be alone with the handyman
20 May 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ida Lupino is trapped in her own home by crazy Robert Ryan in "Beware, My Lovely," a 1952 film from RKO. Lupino and Ryan did three films together and worked well as a team, both being consummate professionals and strong performers. In this film, based on a Broadway play called "The Man," Lupino is a World War I widow who rents out a room in her home. She's very active and well-liked in her community and though her husband has been dead for two years, she's not ready to move on. The man who rents her room goes on vacation, and Lupino hires Robert Ryan to help her with some heavy-duty cleaning in the house. He's friendly enough to start, but later terrorizes her, locking her in the house, and not allowing her to answer the phone or the door, as he grows violent and more out of touch with reality.

The character played by Ryan is shown in the beginning of the movie running away when he discovers a dead body in another house he's working in. It isn't clear whether or not he's the killer, since he seems surprised to see the body. He might be a split personality, as when his personality turns ugly toward Lupino, he seems to have no memory of his activities when he comes out of it. He doesn't know that he has the keys to Lupino's house in his pocket and doesn't know why he has tickets to a party that he bought from young children who came to the door.

"Beware, My Lovely," is a very suspenseful film, and the two leads give terrific performances. The tension builds to a very high level and ends in a way you're not expecting.


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