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|Don't Bother to Knock|
Actors: Jim Backus, Don Beddoe, Gloria Blondell, Willis B. Bouchey, Jeanne Cagney
While baby-sitting in a hotel, a beautiful woman (Marilyn Monroe) begins a flirtation with one of the hotel's guests (Richard Widmark). Rebounding from a breakup with his girlfriend (Anne Bancroft), he's willingly seduced... more »
"I still like to laugh. But not at myself. I just don't want
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 08/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very early dramatic performance from Marilyn Monroe is the highlight of this tense noir-drama, typical of the solid "B" product being made at Fox during the early 50's.
Marilyn Monroe is Nell, a young woman who has just emerged from a psychiatric hospital. Relatives help Nell gain a job as babysitter to a little girl (Donna Corcoran) whose parents are attending a party in the hotel downstairs. Whilst babysitting, Nell's attention is piqued by a handsome guy in an opposite hotel window (Richard Widmark)...
DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952) is a tightly-crafted noir drama which gave Monroe an early chance to display her keen dramatic ability--though strangely, Fox execs must have missed seeing it, because from then on most of her roles at the studio weren't nearly as demanding or fascinating. Richard Widmark has a great role as the man perplexed by a woman who is "all silk on one side and sandpaper on the other"; and fellow Fox contract player Anne Bancroft impresses as the hotel singer. Recommended."