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Don't Bother To Knock

Pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) encounters the beautiful Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe) while staying at a hotel in New York City. Jed pursues Nell, initially thinking she's a woman of means, but comes to learn that she is actually a babysitter when her child charge, Bunny Jones (Donna Corcoran), interrupts a conversation between the two. Soon Jed becomes worried about Nell's mental stability when it appears the woman is physically threatening Bunny.

Release Date

July 18, 1952

Running Time

76 minutes

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Richard Widmark

Marilyn Monroe


Director Roy Ward Baker

Screenplay Daniel Taradash

Producer Julian Blaustein

Cinematography Lucien Ballard

Editing George A. Gittens

Music Lionel Newman

Distributor 20th Century Fox

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