1952. Marilyn Monroe was rising to stardom but the studios didn't know what to do with her and tried her in various types of films. Two of them stand out: 'Clash by Night' and 'Don't Bother to Knock'. The latter is a revelation. Perfectly paired with Widmark, she shows what an instinctive and formidably sensitive actress she is. A gem in her lesser known filmography.
Suspense classic featuring what is probably Marilyn Monroe's best performance, it's a shame she rarely had such strong material to work with again. A sharp, claustrophobic script, Roy Ward Baker's taut direction, and an excellent cast rounded out by the always reliable Richard Widmark and Elisha Cook Jr. make this top-notch entertainment for fans of classic thrillers. A classic.