Don't Bother to Knock

Don't Bother to Knock

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Director: Roy Ward Baker

Cast: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft

     
 

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Roy Baker directs Marilyn Monroe in the psychological thriller Don't Bother To Knock, which comes to DVD as part of the Diamond Collection with this release from 20th Century Fox. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theSee more details below

Overview

Roy Baker directs Marilyn Monroe in the psychological thriller Don't Bother To Knock, which comes to DVD as part of the Diamond Collection with this release from 20th Century Fox. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, a still photo gallery, and a comparison that shows off the wonderful job done on the restoration of the film. This is a fine disc that will certainly please fans of Monroe.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who consider Marilyn Monroe an actress of limited range should take a look at Don't Bother to Knock, in which the sex symbol is cast in a most un-Monroe-like part and turns in a quite impressive performance. Monroe's talent was considerable, and while she shown in the lighter roles that emphasized her obvious sexual allure, she was quite capable of handling meatier roles. Knock is also interesting to watch because Monroe's part is a surprising one for a star to take -- a psychotic who is not especially sympathetic. Knock has lots to recommend it aside form Monroe, include a script that, while it often stretches credulity, is nonetheless tightly structured and features some great dialogue, as well as an across-the-courtyard-through-the-windows scene that is engrossingly voyeuristic. A very young Anne Bancroft turns in a solid performance, as do Donna Corcoran and Elisha Cook, Jr.. Richard Widmark is less solid; he's fine, but he doesn't seem to be totally engaged in his part and thus can't fill out some of its more two-dimensional qualities. Knock could have been a truly top-notch little thriller had director Roy Ward Baker given it a bit more sizzle. Unfortunately, he's a bit cautious, and so Knock doesn't build up the head of steam and the tense suspense that it needs to. Nevertheless, it's well worth a look, especially for Monroe fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0024543035046
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:16:00

Special Features

Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full-screen format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Jed Towers
Marilyn Monroe Nell Forbes
Anne Bancroft Lyn Leslie
Donna Corcoran Bunny Jones
Jeanne Cagney Rochelle
Elisha Cook Eddie
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Ruth Jones
Jim Backus Peter Jones
Verna Felton Mrs. Ballew
Willis B. Bouchey Bartender
Don Beddoe Mr. Ballew
Gloria Blondell Girl Photographer
Grace Hayle Mrs. McMurdock
Michael Ross Pat, the House Detective
Vic Perrin Elevator Operator
Dick Cogan Bell Captain
Robert Foulk Doorman
Olan Soule Desk Clerk
Emmett Vogan Toastmaster
Eda Reiss Merin Maid

Technical Credits
Roy Ward Baker Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Julian Blaustein Producer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
George A. Gittens Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Richard Irvine Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The McKinley Hotel
3. Eddie's Niece
4. The Elevator
5. Bunny's Bedtime
6. The Old Blank Wall
7. A Lull in My Life
8. The Cold Outside of Things
9. The Girl in 809
10. Impulses
11. Face-to-Face
12. A Gal With Variations
13. On the Edge
14. Silk and Sandpaper
15. Restless
16. Everybody Interferes
17. What's Going On?
18. Trouble in 809
19. Suicide Blonde
20. A Man Who Cares

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