Don't Bother to Knock

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An unstable young woman (Marilyn Monroe) attempts to commit suicide whilst working as a babysitter in a hotel. She is saved by a handsome airline pilot (Richard Widmark), who has just split up from the hotel's resident singer (Anne Bancroft in her film debut). From this unlikely beginning, a relationship develops which helps them both come to terms with their personal problems. (Twilight Time)


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English Don't Bother to Knock is one of the five MM films of 1952. Another noir after Lang's Clash by Night. It was based on the 1951 novel "Mischief" by Charlotte Armstrong. Perhaps the only thing I can say about the film is that MM never became the queen of noir, but critics appreciated her portrayal of the unstable anti-hero and she was better positioned among the faces of 20th Century Fox for years to come. ()

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