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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | August 1952 (USA)
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Charlotte Armstrong (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Jed Towers
Marilyn Monroe ... Nell Forbes
Anne Bancroft ... Lyn Lesley
Donna Corcoran ... Bunny Jones
Jeanne Cagney ... Rochelle
Lurene Tuttle ... Ruth Jones
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eddie Forbes
Jim Backus ... Peter Jones
Verna Felton ... Mrs. Ballew
Willis Bouchey ... Joe the Bartender (as Willis B. Bouchey)
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Ballew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Toastmaster (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Airline pilot Jed stays at the New York hotel where girlfriend Lyn is a singer. He sees Nell in a window opposite his and they get chummy. When the girl she's baby-sitting, Bunny, enters Nell goes crazy and sends her to her room. She fantasizes that Jed is her long lost fiance. Jed comes to realize that Nell is more than a little whacko. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MARILYN MONROE - in the role that fits her like a black negligee!! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Without Sleep See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was written by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong, published in 1951. See more »

Goofs

When Lyn and Jed get photographed in the bar by the camera lady, she snaps only one picture of them. When she brings the novelty items (handkerchief, matchbook, ashtray, and postcard) to their booth minutes later, the handkerchief shows a slightly different pose than the others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Emma Ballew: After all, we guests who live here from year to year, we deserve a little consideration, too.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Lull in My Life
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed Eve Marley (uncredited) dubbing for by Anne Bancroft, later played by The Rounders
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Marilyn's BEST Acting Ever
28 June 2017 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

Marilyn without the Strasbergs, without the Russian drama coach, without the Method, without the hours locked in her trailer shaking with stage fright. And it is her best ever acting job. This is the ONLY film that really taps into the 'off-kilter' and wounded quality of MM and uses it as an indispensable element of the movie. Elisha Cook's little turn as an elevator operator and his repartee with M.M. is a memorable minor moment and one of many such delights scattered throughout. I've heard that Richard Widmark was very nice to Marilyn and helpful on the set. Of course with 40 or 50 takes for even short scenes, a Billy Wilder can put up on the screen a dazzling Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot but this is the real Marilyn not just her sheer 'luminescent beauty'. Even by the time she made Niagara, something was lost already, though she was very good in that.


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