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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  August 1952 (USA)
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An airline pilot, dumped by his girlfriend, pursues a baby-sitter in his hotel...and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

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(as Roy Baker)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jed Towers
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Lyn Lesley
Donna Corcoran ...
Bunny Jones
Jeanne Cagney ...
Rochelle
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Ruth Jones
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Eddie Forbes
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Peter Jones
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Mrs. Ballew
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Joe the Bartender (as Willis B. Bouchey)
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Mr. Ballew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmett Vogan ...
Toastmaster (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Airline pilot Jed stays at the New York hotel where girlfriend Lyn is a singer. He sees Nell in a window opposite his and they get chummy. When the girl she's baby-sitting, Bunny, enters Nell goes crazy and sends her to her room. She fantasizes that Jed is her long lost fiance. Jed comes to realize that Nell is more than a little whacko. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SHE'S DYNAMITE! It Opens the Door on the Screen's Most Exciting New Personality---MARILYN MONROE See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Without Sleep  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title credits music is re-used from Panic in the Streets (1950). See more »

Goofs

When Lyn and Jed get photographed in the bar by the camera lady, she snaps only one picture of them. When she brings the novelty items (handkerchief, matchbook, ashtray, and postcard) to their booth minutes later, the handkerchief shows a slightly different pose than the others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Emma Ballew: After all, we guests who live here from year to year, we deserve a little consideration, too.
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Connections

Version of The Sitter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

A Rollin' Stone
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Ken Darby and Bob Russell
Performed by Anne Bancroft
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An unstable young woman takes a babysitting job at a New York City hotel and wreaks havoc on the various residents.
16 September 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This psychological suspense flick was one of Marilyn's first leading roles and gave the sexy star an opportunity to play a serious dramatic role. Viewers who have never seen the great Monroe in a serious part will be amazed. She really was a very gifted and versatile actress. Sincerely, if you have ever dismissed Monroe as just another pretty face, you should really see this film. If after that you're still not convinced, then rent BUS STOP.


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