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Don't Bother to Knock (1952) starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark
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Don’t Bother to Knock – an excellent drama, where babysitter Marilyn Monroe seduces Richard Widmark … before exposing her psychotic side.

Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark

In Don’t Bother to Knock, I was truly impressed with Marilyn Monroe’s acting ability. It’s an excellent drama, with very good performances all around. It begins with a beautiful young lady who comes to a fancy hotel. She has a job as a babysitter for a couple there, thanks to her uncle, the elevator operator.

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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 by the baby-sitter and ends up in bed with her. When the child wakes up and disturbs their lovemaking, the baby-sitter reveals homicidal tendencies and terrorizes them both. A frightening and provocative exploration of a murderer’s mind.

Cast of characters


  • First dramatic leading role for Marilyn Monroe.
  • When Nell first learns her visitor is a pilot, her hand instinctively covers her scarred wrist, a clue to her disturbed past.
  • The classic Hollywood “old man, young woman” trope: Richard Widmark was 37, while Anne Bancroft was 20 and Marilyn Monroe was 26 when filming completed.
  • This film has a 100% rating based on 11 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The house detective’s sarcastic remark about his call is a play on the wartime sign of of American radio commentator Gabriel Heatter…”There’s good news tonight!”

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