Don't Bother to Knock [VHS]
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Monroe plays a psychotic babysitter assigned to look after a little girl in a big hotel. Her past is cloudy and she seems shy and withdrawn. Also in the hotel in a lounge singer (Anne Bancroft) and her old flame (Widmark).
The young man finds his way to the babysitter's room, and she passes herself off as the occupant, wearing a fancy robe and diamond earrings "borrowed" from the girl's mother.
He takes a liking to her, but when he discovers her dangling the girl from a window, he decides to call the police.......
Monroe gives an emotionally vulnerable performance here. She is remarkably good, which makes me wonder why studios only gave her "cheesecake movies" instead of the roles and movies she knew she could do.
Top shelf entertainment.
The Black & White and Technicolor quality / clarity of all the movies are worth the price of admission. This Diamond Collection Volume II 5 DVD set allows us into the hey day of Hollywood & the early career of Marilyn becoming the most celebrated star of her era.
These movies show us Marilyn's versatile talent beyond singing and comedy.
Summary: Monkey Business (1952) with Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers is Marilyns first serious star billing. This Black/White Full Screen comedy introduces us to the young & camera aluring MM. Don't Bother To Knock (1952) with Richard Widmark also Black/White Full Screen Drama has Marilyn playing a mentally disturbed babysitter. Niagara (1953) with Joseph Cotton is one of Marilyns greatest dramatic roles. Shot on location at Niagara Falls in gorgeous Full Screen TECHNICOLOR. MM is a deceiving wife who wants her husband (Cotton) dead! River of NO Return (1954) with Robert Mitchum is a Western Drama magnificently filmed WideScreen (Anamorphic for HDTV's) TECHNICOLOR movie. Marilyn a saloon singer, Mitchum a farmer & his son's only escape from an Indian attack & vengence for being left behind is on a raft down the "River of No Return". Let's Make Love (1960) with Ives Montand is a Comedy Drama filmed in WideScreen (also Anamorphic for HDTVs) TECHNICOLOR. Montand is a well known playboy billionaire looking for that girl who wants him for himself. Not his money. MM a struggling actress becomes that girl unknowing of his image.
Marilyn was captured on film forever but now her true beauty & talent explode off the screen with these restored DVD beauties.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There may not be any Oscar performances in 'Don't Bother to Knock,' but Marilyn certainly isn't slouching as she channels her schizophrenic mother into the character of a disturbed... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ed Urd
Love the film so much! Shipped very quickly and came as described.Published 2 months ago by Kaitlin
Nice collection of Marilyn movies. Most are available for download but its not the same as having a boxed set. Really like this presentation. Would make a nice gift.Published 5 months ago by HethG
Underrated noir classic verges on hypercamp at moments such as shot of hogtied girl but dialogue is intense, Widmark is tough and cool, Monroe is fragile and devastating, Bancroft... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary Boles