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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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...a wicked sensation as the lonely girl in room 809! 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

In the novel on which the movie is based Nell's surname is 'Munro'. This was changed to Forbes when Marilyn Monroe was cast in the role. 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 to their booth minutes later, each item (handkerchief, matchbook, ashtray, and postcard) shows a slightly different pose. 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

Featured in Biography: Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

How Blue the Night
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Anne Bancroft or dubber over speaker
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scary!!
2 August 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

to be absolutely honest, marilyn monroe acted extremely well in this film. I think it was the first i had everseen of her (2001) and after all i had heard about her acting as a "blonde bombshell" this picture sent me in another direction. SHE CAN ACT!! to see marilyn play a psychotic woman may not have been completely hard for her (no offense intended) but i feel it was superb acting! Ashame she wasnt offered more roles like this one


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