Beware, My Lovely

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Harry Horner
Production: RKO Pictures
77 min

Mrs. Warren, I've finished!

Mrs. Warren!

Mrs. Warren!

Fa la la la la la la la la

Troll the ancient

yuletide carols


Fa la la la la

la la la la

Where's Johnny?

Corky, you're a great help!

Come here, come here.

Corky! Corky,

what are you doing?

You come out

of here! Out! Out!

Bye, Mrs. Gordon!


Thanks for letting me

use your piano.

All right.

Oh, yes, just

a minute, Jackie.

Now, Corky, don't

get in the way.

Off you go. Be careful. Careful.

Bye, teacher, we'll bring

our presents this afternoon.

Bye, children.

Don't get into mischief.

Bye! Bye!

I'll race you

to Elsie's!

Let's see...

The children have been

flitting all over the place.

Place is messy enough as it is.

Good morning, dear.

Good morning,


Everything packed?

I think so.

But I'll

probably get home

And find out I've left behind

me all that's really important.

And I'm going

to miss you.


Oh, let me see.

Hardly know where to begin,

the place is such a muddle.

Might as well

finish this.

I never did like

these rugs anyway.

I think I'll get

some new ones.

Oh, uhh, uhh...

See, pull it

on that side.

Let me help.

Thank you.

There must be

some system to this.

Now, you can stand on

them, and I can sweep them.

And we'd both wind up

on the floor.

No, thanks. Besides, you'll

be late for your train.

Are you watching

the time?

Yes, I have

plenty of time,

And I hate

waiting rooms.

Well, you can't

sit around.

Why do you suppose I waited

for you to go on your vacation

Before I started

cleaning house?

You're the most disorganized

woman I ever knew.

You think you'll ever get

all this back together again?

I hope so. I have

a man coming to help me.

Good. Where'd

you find him?

Came looking

for work yesterday.

Oh, don't

spread it, dear.


What's the sense in

dusting all of them?

Seems to me you make a lot

of extra work for yourself.

Why don't you have each

person who wants to read a book

Dust it himself?

Hello, Mr. Armstrong.

Morning, Ruthie.

Hello, Aunt Helen.

Morning, Ruth.

Well, what hit

this place?

I thought you were

going on your vacation.

She put me to work.

Why are you here

so early?

I'm being punished.

Dad and Mother went

over to the Ellisons for the day.

I'm supposed

to help you.

On a Saturday, too.

Don't tell me you were

out late again last night,

Not after all you went through

with your Mother last week.

I'm not a child.

Look, who's not a child!

Lots of girls my age are

married and have children.

Oh, I wouldn't

say lots.

Had your breakfast?

Yes, thanks.

Good. Then supposing

you get right to work?

Don't I even get a

chance to catch my breath?

No. You can do that

while you dust the shades.


I'm just a slave


Ruth, dear.

Exactly how long did your mother

say I was to punish you today?

Just work me to

the bone, I suppose.

I see.

Well, at the rate we're going, I

don't think we'll get to the bone

till next Fall.

Just cause I was

out late last night.

Parents are so insensitive.

We had such a beautiful

evening planned.

I'll never be

able to face Tom

When he finds out I've been

ordered to stay home tonight,

Just like a child.

It's Tom, now. Oh, dear,

whatever happened to Larry?

I thought he was

the big love of your life.

Larry just

wasn't for me.

Found that out

when I met Tom.

You've been out of touch with

men for so long, Aunt Helen,

You wouldn't


Oh, I don't know.

My poor old memory

isn't that dim.

Oh, wonder if

I've got everything.

Um, Ruth, I really don't think you ought

to stay here and help me anymore today.

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Mel Dinelli

Mel Dinelli (born 6 October 1912, Albuquerque, New Mexico - d. 28 November 1991, Los Angeles, California) was an American writer for theatre, radio, film and magazines, usually in the suspense genre. He attended the University of Washington. more…

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