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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, 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.


(as Roy Baker)


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


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 <>

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Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mischief  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Donna Corcoran is the only member of the cast still alive today. See more »


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 »


[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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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Anne Bancroft or dubber over speaker
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marilyn displays some true range
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film doesn't receive a lot of attention. I grew up a fan of classic film, and I only saw this one once until tonight. Seeing it for the second time (I can't imagine there are any other major-release MM films I haven't seen over & over) I was extremely impressed by the quality of the performance Marilyn turned in. Hardcore fans seem to generally feel that her performance in "the Misfits" is her finest; the role had more depth than many she played, and seemed highly personal. I argue that she does just as fine a job in just as deep a role in "Don't Bother To Knock." It's my belief that MM was _ALWAYS_ versatile and talented, but that the American public fell so deeply in love with the breathless (& brainless) beauty role, that the studios typecast her until they weren't sure her looks alone would be enough to guarantee the volume of gross profits which they expected from Marilyn's films.

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