Don't Bother to Knock

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

… a wicked sensation as the lonely girl in room 809!

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1952-07-18
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 133 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 16min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 20th Century Fox
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Roy Ward Baker
star 6.7/10
From 133 Ratings


Jed, an airline pilot, is resting in a hotel when he notices Nell, a young woman babysitting for a wealthy couple. As Jed gets to know Nell better he realises that the woman is not as stable as perhaps she should be.

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  • Richard Widmark

    as Jed Towers
  • Marilyn Monroe

    as Nell Forbes
  • Anne Bancroft

    as Lyn Lesley
  • Donna Corcoran

    as Bunny Jones
  • Jeanne Cagney

    as Rochelle
  • Lurene Tuttle

    as Ruth Jones
  • Elisha Cook Jr.

    as Eddie Forbes
  • Jim Backus

    as Peter Jones
  • Verna Felton

    as Mrs. Ballew
  • Willis Bouchey

    as Joe the Bartender
  • Don Beddoe

    as Mr. Ballew
  • Harry Bartell

    as Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Gloria Blondell

    as Janie - Cafe Photographer (uncredited)
  • John Call

    as Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Dick Cogan

    as Bell Captain (uncredited)
  • Charles J. Conrad

    as Speaker (uncredited)
  • Tom Daly

    as Man in Elevator (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Flournoy

    as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers

    as Woman at Awards Dinner (uncredited)
  • Charles Flynn

    as Uniformed Cop at End (uncredited)
  • Robert Foulk

    as Doorman (uncredited)
  • Grace Hayle

    as Mrs. McMurdock (uncredited)
  • Marjorie Holliday

    as Phone Operator (uncredited)
  • David McMahon

    as Uniformed Cop at End (uncredited)
  • Eda Reiss Merin

    as Maid (uncredited)
  • Harold Miller

    as Banquet Guest (uncredited)
  • Vic Perrin

    as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
  • Michael Ross

    as Pat - Hotel Detective (uncredited)
  • Olan Soule

    as Bespectacled Desk Clerk (uncredited)
  • Brick Sullivan

    as Doorman (uncredited)
  • Emmett Vogan

    as Toastmaster (uncredited)
Sound Jerry Goldsmith Music Consultant
Art Lyle R. Wheeler Art Direction
Camera Lucien Ballard Director of Photography
Art Thomas Little Set Decoration
Sound Bernard Freericks Sound
Sound Lionel Newman Music Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Travilla Costume Design
Production Julian Blaustein Producer
Writing Daniel Taradash Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Charles LeMaire Wardrobe Designer
Costume & Make-Up Charles LeMaire Wardrobe Master
Costume & Make-Up Ben Nye Makeup Artist
Sound Harry M. Leonard Sound
Writing Charlotte Armstrong Novel
Directing Roy Ward Baker Director
Sound Earle Hagen Orchestrator
Visual Effects Ray Kellogg Visual Effects
Editing George A. Gittens Editor
Production Charles Hall Unit Production Manager
Art Richard Irvine Art Direction
Art Paul S. Fox Set Decoration
Directing Eli Dunn Assistant Director
Directing Erich von Stroheim Jr. Assistant Director
Production Max Golden Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Frank Prehoda Makeup Artist
Sound Bernard Mayers Orchestrator
Costume & Make-Up Esperanza Corona Hairdresser
Directing Leslie Jones Script Supervisor