Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Don’t Bother to Knock

Roy Ward Baker | United States | 1952 | PG

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Wed 19 Apr 2023

Appearing a year before Monroe’s elevation to superstardom was sealed with the release of Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, this claustrophobic, psychological noir was Monroe’s 13th credited film but her first headline role (Richard Widmark shares top billing). Underappreciated on release, Monroe’s performance exhibits an anxiety and emotional fragility that defines the darker side of her own meteoric rise. Now considered a key role, it suggests what she may have gone on to achieve had her career not been tragically cut short a decade later. With Anne Bancroft and Elisha Cook Jr.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 76 mins

Event duration

76 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Marilyn Monroe's (1926–62) image, as the personification of Hollywood glamour, beauty and desirability, is perhaps the most iconic in popular culture...

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