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Don't Bother to Knock Details


Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe went dramatic in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe plays Nell Forbes, a beautiful but suicidal young woman, recently released from a mental institution. She doesn't mention this on her resumé when she takes a baby-sitting job in a posh hotel. Jed Towers (Richard Widmark), a hotel guest, tries to make time with Nell after his own girlfriend, played by Anne Bancroft, has told him to take a hike. As Nell and Jed neck on the couch, the little girl whom Nell is tending (Donna Corcoran) surprises the spooning couple. This drives the psychotic Nell over the edge, forcing Jed to try to keep the baby-sitter from killing both herself and the child. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 8, 1952


Richard Widmark
as Jed Towers
Marilyn Monroe
as Nell Forbes
Anne Bancroft
as Lyn Leslie
Donna Corcoran
as Bunny Jones
Jeanne Cagney
as Rochelle
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Eddie
Lurene Tuttle
as Mrs. Ruth Jones
Jim Backus
as Peter Jones
Verna Felton
as Mrs. Ballew
Willis B. Bouchey
as Bartender
Don Beddoe
as Mr. Ballew
Gloria Blondell
as Girl Photographer
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. McMurdock
Vic Perrin
as Elevator Operator
Dick Cogan
as Bell Captain
Robert Foulk
as Doorman
Emmett Vogan
as Toastmaster
Eda Reiss Merin
as Maid


Roy Ward Baker
Julian Blaustein
Daniel Taradash
Lucien Ballard
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
William Travilla
Costume Designer