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Beware, My Lovely

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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


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production notes
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Related works
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


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:1

Actor Role
Ida 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

Production notesedit

The play on which the film is based, The Man, was originally a short story by Mel Dinelli Dinelli adapted the story for the stage2 It debuted on Broadway in January 1950 starring Dorothy Gish3 The story was also featured 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, 19494

The movie was shot over an 18-day period in 1951 for Collier Young and Ida Lupino's production company, The Filmakers Howard Hughes, then the head of RKO Pictures, withheld the film from release for a year Co-star Robert Ryan later said that he felt Hughes tried to "bury" the film because Ryan was active in left-wing politics and spoke publicly about his involvement5


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 worksedit

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


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ Hirsch, Foster 2008 The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir Da Capo Press p 233 ISBN 0-306-81772-1 
  3. ^ Miller, Gabriel 2000 The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man Univ Press of Mississippi p 92 ISBN 1-617-03496-7 
  4. ^ Johnson, Kevin 2009 The Dark Page II: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1950-1965 Oak Knoll Press p 42 ISBN 1-584-56259-5 
  5. ^ Nixon, Rob "Beware My Lovely" Turner Classic Movies Retrieved 2012-07-06 

External linksedit

  • Beware, My Lovely at the American Film Institute Catalog
  • Beware, My Lovely on Internet Movie Database
  • Beware, My Lovely at the TCM Movie Database

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