Marilyn Monroe's first bona fide starring role came in Don't Bother to Knock
, a taut, stripped-down film noir
. She plays a recently institutionalised, none-too-stable babysitter, awkwardly tending a little girl in a Manhattan hotel. Richard Widmark, jilted by the songbird (Anne Bancroft) in the hotel lounge ("The female race is always cheesing up my life", he pouts), puts the make on the lonely blonde in room 809, to his regret. The picture benefits by not being a "Marilyn" movie, but just a good little thriller with, as it happens, a terrific performance by the future superstar. Monroe's childlike distraction eerily suits her rattled character, a misfit who can't distinguish her tragic past from the confusing present. Kudos to Daniel Taradash (From Here to Eternity
), whose script contains a collection of tart slang that neatly captures the noir
feel--all without leaving the boundaries of the hotel.--Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Marilyn. That single name conjures up images of Hollywood's most glamorous icon. A bona fide diva, with voluptuous curves and a sexy smile. She was also a pioneer, pushing the boundaries of movie-making and for the actresses who would follow in her footsteps. She was, and remains to this day an international sex goddess, known and loved the world over for more than half a century.
This collection features some of her best loved films.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
River of No Return
Don't Bother To Knock
We're Not Married