Beware, My Lovely

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Beware, My Lovely
Beware, My Lovely movie poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed byHarry Horner
Produced byCollier Young for The Filmakers[1]
Written byMel Dinelli
Based onThe Man, a play by Mel Dinelli
StarringIda Lupino
Robert Ryan
Taylor Holmes
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyGeorge E. Diskant
Editing byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release dates
  • September 12, 1952 (1952-09-12) (USA)[1]
Running time77 min.
LanguageEnglish
 
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Beware, My Lovely
Beware, My Lovely movie poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed byHarry Horner
Produced byCollier Young for The Filmakers[1]
Written byMel Dinelli
Based onThe Man, a play by Mel Dinelli
StarringIda Lupino
Robert Ryan
Taylor Holmes
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyGeorge E. Diskant
Editing byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release dates
  • September 12, 1952 (1952-09-12) (USA)[1]
Running time77 min.
LanguageEnglish

Beware, My Lovely (1952) is a suspense film produced by Collier Young/Ida Lupino's production company, The Filmakers.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

The cast includes the following:[1]

ActorRole
Ida LupinoMrs. Helen Gordon
Robert RyanHoward Wilton
Taylor HolmesMr. Walter Armstrong
Barbara WhitingRuth Williams
James WillmasMr. Stevens
O. Z. WhiteheadMr. Franks
Dee PollackGrocery boy

Source material[edit]

This story was originally done on stage, then on the CBS radio show Suspense as "To Find Help" on January 18, 1945 with Frank Sinatra as Howard and Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Gillis (Mrs. Gordon in the film). It was dramatized again on Suspense in 1949 with Gene Kelly and Ethel Barrymore on January 6, 1949, then appeared on Broadway as The Man.

Production[edit]

The movie was shot in 18 days for Lupino's own production company.[2]

Reception[edit]

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."[1]

Related works[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Crowther, Bosley (September 13, 1952). "Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan Seen in Beware, My Lovely, New Film at the Palace". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  2. ^ Nixon, Rob. "Beware My Lovely". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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