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Don't Bother to Knock(1952)

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  • don't bother to knock

    • kevin sellers
    • 1/7/18

    Starts off pretty well with a nicely conveyed tone of urban loneliness and anonymity (kind of a more intellectual "Rear Window") but becomes increasingly hysterical and silly once Marilyn Monroe gives full vent to her overacting, with the bug eyes and the too breathy voice chief among her annoying mannerisms. It's pretty obvious that even at this early stage in her career this method diva, when thrust into a dramatic role, felt most comfortable in over the top mode and Roy Ward Baker was not a strong enough director to control her. Basically, only John Huston, in her last film, was able to get her to tone it down. Thus, by the film's climax we're in unintentionally funny Babysitter From Hell territory. So, let's give it a generous C plus for the first twenty minutes and the usual good work from pros like Widmark, Elisha Cook, and Anne Bancroft in her movie debut.

  • Solid and full of suspense

    • el debbo
    • 12/30/17

    Excellent ensemble cast. All the action occurs in one night...in a NYC hotel, back in the day when every room had a thermos-pitcher of water at hand, because everyone was drinking rye. This was MM's first starring role and she was excellent. I didn't look at the roll call before viewing and kept wondering who the barroom chanteuse was... lo and behold, Anne Bancroft. Amazing. Anyhow, this film kept me on the edge of my seat as it began to unfold, then right to the bitter end, which brought tears to my eyes (another reviewer had this experience). A very good movie.

  • Good job all around

    • Eric Fry
    • 2/13/12

    A good ensemble cast, with everyone turning in solid performances in a minor but not shoddy picture. Monroe was excellent. Bancroft said Monroe's performance in the final scene brought tears to her eyes because it felt so real. TCM's description of Widmark's character as a man with anger issues is hilarious. He's a man who can't feel anything or take anyone seriously -- until the plight of Monroe's character draws him out.

  • Muito bom

    • Sonia
    • 12/25/10

    Eu no vi o filme, mas me disseram que muito bom. Ver Marilyn Monroe num papel dramtico deve ser legal.

  • Widmark knocks on wrong door

    • Jack Jacoby
    • 10/21/10

    Different drama with good performances from Marilyn Monroe asdisturbed baby sitter and pilot Widmark as restless guy across the hall who takes an interest. (Who would not?) As it turns out, Widmark should have stayed with adorable Anne Bancroft in a very early role before anyone knew she was one of the greatest actresses in the English language. Worth watching for thefor the wonderful cast.

  • Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 10/21/09

    Solid thriller with a very insightful performance from Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark does a fine job as well. It always held my interest and wasn't predictable. Well done.

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