Don’t Bother to Knock

Monday, November 7, 2016

After nude photos threatened to derail Marilyn Monroe’s burgeoning career, the starlet decided to take a series of dramatic roles to showcase her talent as an actress. This eerie, off-kilter psychological thriller meets film noir, in which Marilyn plays a very unusual babysitter working in an intrigue-filled NYC hotel, was one of her more successful efforts. To say more about the plot would spoil things, but our guest tonight, celebrated artist Louise Fishman, summed up the effect the film first had on her: “After seeing it at the tender age of 13, I fell in love with Marilyn and knew sexual passion for the first time.” A ringing endorsement if we ever heard one!

  • Country USA
  • Year 1951
  • Running Time 76 minutes
  • Director Roy Ward Baker

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