this probably is monroe's best performance, playing an unstable character very close to the edge and she is genuinely scary. richard widmark gives great support as a frustrated guy just trying to make time whose cynicism grows into compassion. and anne bancroft looks smashing i...
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 mentio... read more
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
Stats: 192 reviews
Flixster Reviews (192)
September 12, 2011
November 7, 2010
Monroe's best performance if you ask me, and Widmark gives a great performance as well along with her. The story is great it's dramatic and exciting. I highly recommend this movie.
June 28, 2010
I think this movie is best experienced if you don't know it's a thriller at all. The slow progression of madness that takes over Marilyn Monroe is incredible. I love that it starts out like a romantic comedy or drama and then has Nell the babysitter from hell tying up children an...
June 22, 2010
Whoa. Marilyn Monroe freaked me out!! I didn't even know she could act! Hah! I'm impressed there was acting and I did like the story especially for 1952. A good psycho story always does me well. I liked it and it drew me in from the very beginning. I'd totally watch this again, i...
March 27, 2007
interesting early marilyn, richard widmark is always good. anne bancroft's first movie
January 26, 2013
This surprised me to have the typical sexy Monroe turn lunatic. Then to have the movie be so short left me satisfied with this subtle thriller. Bancroft also added a great alternate appeal to Monroe's allure. Her relationship with Widmark was especially good to have them reconcil...
February 21, 2011
From what I read, this movie was the ploy to stay within the studio contract system but show them that Monroe could act. I never thought of Monroe as being a prop or fashion sucker (credit ATR) as much as a tragic figure from a messed up upbringing that was able to use the Hollyw...
January 4, 2011
B-grade dialogue delivered by A-list stars. Not a bad way to spend an hour and fifteen minutes. Richard Widmark is especially interesting to watch.
August 7, 2010
A film that quite possibly showcased Monroe playing herself, especially late in her career. Nell was unstable and not able to handle the pressures of the outside world (hence the metaphor of being a sort of live-in nanny, cut off from the rest of the world but protected as well)....
October 21, 2009
Solid thriller with a very insightful performance from Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark does a fine job as well. It always held my interest and wasn't predictable. Well done.
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