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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Richard Widmark , Marilyn Monroe , Roy Ward Baker  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Charlotte Armstrong, Daniel Taradash
  • Producers: Julian Blaustein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XG3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Bother to Knock" on IMDb

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A beautiful babysitter (Marilyn Monroe) begins an affair with one of the guests (Richard Widmark) in the hotel where she is a live-in babysitter. But when the child she cares for interrupts their lovemaking, Monroe becomes a dangerous madwoman. Also starring Anne Bancroft, the chilling, provocative Don't Bother to Knock brilliantly showcases Monroe in a rare portrayal of a truly dark character.

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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.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Says Marilyn Can't Act? July 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Don't Bother To Knock is a dark psycho-drama that serves as a vehicle for Marilyn Monroe's mesmerizing performance. As Nell, a mentally unstable woman whose lover was killed in WWII, Monroe delivers a creepy performance. Hired for the night to babysit a little girl (Donna Corcoran) Nell drifts in and out of reality. Director Roy Baker draws out desperate emotionalism from Monroe, who is eerily convincing with her lines, and facial expressions. Richard Widmark plays Jed, a cold hearted pilot who cannot understand why his lounge singer girlfriend ( Anne Bancroft) has jilted him. Elisha Cook Jr. once again delivers a fine supporting role as the hotel elevator operator caught up in his nieces's (Nell's) strange behavior. The film is almost entirely shot within the confines of a hotel room and Baker's camera work and tight cutting adds to the suspense. Don't Bother To Knock definitely opened the door to Monroe's career.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars " Bonus Features" disappointing July 9, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Although I give 5 stars for the quality and presentation of the main features, I was very disappointed in the Bonus Features (or lack of). Unlike the Diamond Collection 1, this collection has no Movietone newsreels (there's an excellent one on the Marilyn Collection VHS of "Let's Make Love"), there are no documentaries or deleted scenes like on the "Seven Year Itch" DVD, and a black and white(!!!) copy of the theatrical trailer to "Niagra" (even though there is an excellent colour copy on the VHS-Marilyn Collection. I get the feeling this collection was put together in a rush and not much time put into research to come up with some interesting things hidden in the vaults (also, where is the soundtrack to this collection like the excellent one that was put together for the last collection?). All and all, I still really enjoy seeing this collection, especially the wide screen versions of some of the movies ("River of No Return" was a treat as this was the first time I could see some scenes where Marilyn had been completly cut out with the "pan/scan" technique used on previous VHS tapes. An exciting joy to watch and see a great screen presence.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
Format:DVD
MM (Marilyn Monroe) was & now again (due to these magnificent digitally restored picture & sound DVD's) the most celebrated film star of Hollywood.
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars chilling drama April 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Marilyn Monroe proves she really could act in this film, a chilling psychological thriller set in a luxury hotel. Also starring Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft, DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK is a fascinating film.
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARILYN'S GREATEST ACTING & A GREAT FILM April 7, 2004
By Coleen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was mesmerizing to watch. Richard Widmark was great, as always, but Marilyn's acting was the greatest in the film. She plays a deranged babysitter and when Richard Widmark's character, Jed, goes to her hotel room to catch a little hay-hay with her, he has no idea what/who he is getting himself involved with. The plot unfolds from there and it's a nail biter all the way. The background music is really cool, giving it a film noir touch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and will continue to be one of the best icons ever to grace the silver...
Monroe was not given the correct parts for her dramatic side. She was, and will continue to be one of the best icons ever to grace the silver screen. Read more
Published 8 days ago by lisa tilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT FLICK LOVE IT LOVCE IT
Published 9 days ago by TERESA M HOEFS
5.0 out of 5 stars Came as described and faster than expected. Some damage ...
Came as described and faster than expected. Some damage on case, but not enough to kick up a fuss. It was used.
Published 24 days ago by erica b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is marilyn's best in my opinion. i felt so sorry for her.
Published 26 days ago by cody
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe Movies
Purchased this set for my Great Auntie's husband, who loves Marilyn with a passion - he was so happy with these movies and said he had only seen one of them, so it was a good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia R Hamil
3.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Munroe
I had to watch this being a fan of Ms. Munroe. Marilyn plays a psycho! Yes, it was very unusual. Richard Widmark plays a good leading man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my Marilyn
I love this woman!!!! She will forever be my favorite actress who I will never put anyone above her!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by LaTrisha Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars A much darker Marilyn
What is not to love. Dark and twisted. Marilyn Monroe plays her part as a crazy baby sitter very well. I like Richard Widmark in anything he acts in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kate D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Marilyn Monroe
The movie provides an early look at Marilyn Monroe - her looks, the role and how she performed in it.
Published 7 months ago by Dorothy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I'm a HUGE Marilyn Monroe fan. The packaging was great, and the movie was even better. I love it! <3
Published 7 months ago by Miranda
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