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.
Trapped by a man beyond control!
Did You Know?
The head of RKO Pictures, Howard Hughes
, withheld the film from release for a year. Robert Ryan
felt Hughes tried to 'bury' the film because Ryan was publicly active in left-wing politics. See more
When Helen backs away from Howard after he discovers the secret message on the check, the shadow of a crew member is cast all over Helen's back, and is seen holding his hand to his head, then putting it down. See more
[after Ruth has deliberately sprinkled debris on the floor he's just been cleaning, on his hands and knees
You think I'm funny?
I don't like being laughed at.
Well, aren't *you* the bundle of nerves! Listen, you. I don't see many men around polishing floors. It's a woman's job. Who do you think you are? Seems to me there's better ways for a *man* to make a living.
Remade as Un homme dans la maison
Deck the Halls
Traditional Christmas carol, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
The neighborhood children are singing the song in Helen's parlor See more