Release dateSeptember 12, 1952 (1952-09-12) (United States) Based onThe Man
by Mel Dinelli WriterMel Dinelli (screenplay), Mel Dinelli (story), Mel Dinelli (play) CastIda Lupino (Mrs. Helen Gordon), Robert Ryan (Howard Wilton), Taylor Holmes (Mr. Walter Armstrong), Barbara Whiting (Ruth Williams), James Willmas (Mr. Stevens), O. Z. Whitehead (Mr. Franks) Similar moviesFocus, Halloween, The Purge: Anarchy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Double Indemnity, Phone Booth
TaglineTrapped by a man beyond control!
Leith stevens music from beware my lovely 1952
Beware, My Lovely is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Harry Horner starring Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan and Taylor Holmes. the film is based on the 1950 play The Man by Mel Dinelli who also wrote the screenplay.
The film is set in 1918 in an unnamed small town. A widow (Lupino) impulsively hires handyman (Ryan) to look after her house. She soon learns Ryan is a dangerous schizophrenic, but by the time she comes to this realization she is unable to leave her house and escape from him.
The cast includes the following:
According to Bosley Crowther, the film is a "straight tour-de-force situation, clearly contrived and designed for no other positive purpose than to send shivers chasing up and down the spine. And in that respectable endeavor, its success will depend entirely upon how susceptible you are to illogic and little tricks of looming shadows and clutching hands."
Earlier that year, Lupino and Ryan co-starred in On Dangerous Ground, a film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman.
The story was the basis for a 1960 episode of the TV anthology Startime, with Audie Murphy and Thelma Ritter.