Don't Bother to Knock
is a 1952 American thriller film
starring Marilyn Monroe
and Richard Widmark
, directed by Roy Ward Baker
and written by Daniel Taradash
Monroe is featured as a disturbed babysitter watching a child at the same New York hotel where a pilot (Widmark) is staying. Her strange behavior makes him increasingly aware that Nell is the last person the parents (played by Jim Backus
and Lurene Tuttle
) should have entrusted with their daughter.
Lyn Lesley, the bar singer at New York's McKinley Hotel, frets about the impending arrival of her boyfriend, airline pilot Jed Towers. Lyn had mailed Jed a letter ending their six-month relationship, and when Jed questions her, she explains that she is leaving him because he lacks an understanding heart.
Meanwhile, elevator operator Eddie introduces his shy niece, Nell Forbes, to guests Peter and Ruth Jones as the babysitter he has arranged for their daughter Bunny. The Joneses, who are dining in the hotel's banquet hall, bid goodnight to Bunny.
Nell is worried about her lack of experience. After the child falls asleep, Nell goes into the other room and dons a lacy negligee belonging to Ruth, as well as some of her perfume and jewelry. Jed, whose room is across the courtyard, can see Nell through the window.
He calls the voluptuous blonde on the telephone. While she is intimidated by Jed's seductive tone, Nell is also intrigued, but their conversation is interrupted by Eddie, who is checking on Nell. He orders her to... Read More