The Birth of an Actress: Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock

13 thoughts on “The Birth of an Actress: Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock”

  1. Wow, this performance sounds amazing and the youtube clip left me enthralled. I am definitely searching this out. Wonderful blog post, thank you. It was a joy to read.

  2. I’ve been trying to track this movie down, actually. The idea of her with Richard Widmark is too great to pass up.

    Great write up.

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I actually can’t think of a film of Widmark’s that I *don’t* like. He is consistently excellent.

      1. I always wished he’d done a movie playing Steve McQueen’s dad. That would’ve been a great team.

  3. I love this! Don’t Bother to Knock is such a woefully underrated movie of Marilyn’s, which is a real shame because she’s incredible in it. This wasn’t the first Marilyn Monroe movie I saw, but it was one of the first few, and it’s one I have never been able to forget.

  4. This film displays her talent so clearly, and you’re right–it’s absolutely devastating to watch.

  5. Great review! It’s been too many years since I have watched this but with Monroe and Widmark I need to catch this one again. I had no idea Dassin was originally scheduled to direct.

  6. My favorite Monroe vehicle was always “Bus Stop”. I later found out that she relied on Broadway actress Kim Stanley for her interpretation. It’s time we stop feeling sorry for what Marilyn might have been . She did alright for herself.

  7. Thank you for the great Blog post. Marilyn was always beautiful, but this role showed she could act, before the Dumb Blond image the studio forced her into. Haunting.

  8. I have to admit I’ve never seen Don’t Bother to Knock. It is moved to the top of my list.

    This is a wonderful, heartfelt piece on a sad, misunderstood soul.

    Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  9. A truly wonderful write-up on Marilyn’s most underrated role. It was one of her first films that I saw, too.

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