Don't Bother to Knock

Don't Bother to Knock ★★★★

1952 Ranking 

Marilyn Monroe is really terrific in this, perfect use of her screen presence. The way she plays her ability to convey a mess of emotions into a scenario where this proves to be very dangerous, while retaining so much sympathy, is just terrific stuff, and though this is something of a low stakes psychological film noir in some ways (refreshingly so) there is a weight to everything she does here. Richard Widmark (staple of this month's Noirvember watches!) delivers as expected, Anne Bancroft's debut (what a gorgeous talent, and exudes so much comfort onscreen already). Liked this a lot - recommend!

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