Combustible Celluloid
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With: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr., Jim Backus, Verna Felton, Willis B. Bouchey, Don Beddoe
Written by: Daniel Taradash, based on a novel by Charlotte Armstrong
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76
Date: 07/18/1952

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Breakable Blonde

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A snappy little 76-minute, black-and-white item, this film noir dared to look at the dark side of Monroe's giggly sex appeal. She plays Nell Forbes, a mentally unbalanced babysitter who fancies that her long-dead fiancée is still alive. The great Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon, The Killing) plays her uncle, an elevator operator in the big hotel where the movie takes place. Richard Widmark (who had top billing) and Anne Bancroft co-star.

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