Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
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as Nell Forbes
as Jed Towers
as Lyn Lesley
as Bunny Jones
as Mrs. Ruth Jones
as Peter Jones
as Mrs. Ballew
as Mr. Ballew
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as Mrs. McMurdock
as Elevator Operator
as Bell Captain
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Critic Reviews for Don't Bother to Knock
A snappy little 76-minute, black-and-white item, this film noir dared to look at the dark side of Monroe's giggly sex appeal.
Monroe goes borderline-psycho in an enjoyable thriller
Audience Reviews for Don't Bother to Knock
this probably is monroe's best performance, playing an unstable character very close to the edge and she is genuinely scary. richard widmark gives great support as a frustrated guy just trying to make time whose cynicism grows into compassion. and anne bancroft looks smashing in her film debut. suspenseful and underrated.
Monroe's best performance if you ask me, and Widmark gives a great performance as well along with her. The story is great it's dramatic and exciting. I highly recommend this movie.
I think this movie is best experienced if you don't know it's a thriller at all. The slow progression of madness that takes over Marilyn Monroe is incredible. I love that it starts out like a romantic comedy or drama and then has Nell the babysitter from hell tying up children and falling psychotically in love with the man across the building. My only complaint for this movie is that I wanted more, it gives Hitchcock a run for his money and is a lot better than some of his early stuff.
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