Clearly meant as a vehicle to showcase the undeniable allure and magnetism of a 26-year-old Marilyn Monroe, Don't Bother To Knock was, in itself, quite a quirky, little picture for the year 1952. Not only did this picture hold some very intense and dramatic moments, but it also had a few really priceless scenes of unintentional humour, as well.
From where I was sitting, I found that the only scenes which held my rapt attention were, of course, the ones that focused in on Monroe's character, Nell Forbes, whose mental state was deteriorating rapidly.
All-in-all - I was not at all disappointed with this vintage, b&w picture where Monroe took a walk on the loony-tune side.
Well-well - Who would've ever thought that Marilyn Monroe (the proverbial blond "eye-candy" from a 1950's Hollywood) could ever pull off a fairly convincing portrayal of a tragically psychotic babysitter with tendencies of a seriously destructive nature?
Now, don't get me wrong here. I'm not saying that Monroe delivered an Oscar-worthy performance, or anything of the sort - But, I will say that there was certainly something genuinely eerie and, yes, even compelling about her portrayal. And, that, alone, was sufficient enough to hold my attention and keep me intrigued throughout Don't Bother to Knock's short, 76-minute running time.
(Ironically speaking) - Sad to say, in 10 years time (1962) Monroe would, indeed, be dead by her own hand.
In 1952's "Don't Bother To Knock" a very alluring, 26 year-old, Marilyn Monroe puts in one of the quirkiest character portrayals of her entire acting career.
Even though this film stars the likes of Richard Widmark (and a young Anne Bancroft) - It's definitely Monroe and her performance as the mentally-unhinged babysitter, Neil Forbes, that the viewer will, no doubt, be paying the closest attention to.
Now, I would never admit that Monroe's portrayal here was, in any way, "legendary" - But, hey! - Due to this being something of a B-Picture, I'd confidently say that she certainly fulfilled her obligation, in my books, of playing a "subdued" psycho (1950's-style) quite satisfactorily.
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Surprisingly, Marilyn turns in a good performance as the creepy/crazy baby-sitter. This might have been more suspenseful or even scary, if made today.
I think this is a movie where Marilyn shows that she can really act.
Marilyn does a good job for movie is very short just over an hour.
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