Don't Bother to Knock (1952)I'm pretty sure there was knocking.
What could go wrong?
While this is going on, airline pilot Richard Widmark is being given the heave-ho by lounge singer/lip-syncher, Anne Bancroft, a very mature-looking 21 in her first movie. She's dumping Widmark because he's too cynical and she just can't see a future with a guy who doesn't have an understanding heart. He says he was just in it for the laughs anyway and why do dames always want to get married and stuff, but you know he really loves her deep down.
After retiring to his room to sulk in a glass of rye, he sees Nell in the room across the courtyard through the open window. By this time, she has tried on Lurene Tuttle's negligee and earrings and is moving about the room, trying on perfume and stockings and generally veering away from the original babysitting idea. He calls the room, they sort of chat, and he sort of gets invited over. At first he thinks she's a guest, but the appearance of Bunny starts the thriller ball rolling.
I won't say exactly what happens, but there is some useful meddling by resident busybody (and oft-used Disney voice actress), Verna Felton, and one of the main characters develops an understanding heart after all.
When I first saw this movie I hadn't had a kid yet, so all I focused on was the toolishness of Richard Widmark's character and the unlikelihood that someone who looked like Elisha Cook, Jr. could be Marilyn Monroe's uncle. I originally thought Widmark's character was so tooly, in fact, that I actually remembered the part as being played by Sterling Hayden, but on seeing the film again, my opinion has mellowed. I mean, he did knock. I was also surprised that Monroe's performance was both not as good as and even better than I remembered. What I didn't realize was that none of the characters were particularly well-drawn and that the director (Roy Ward Baker) didn't really treat it like a thriller...or even a film...the end result being something far less memorable than it could have been.
That just struck me as the most sensitive, most maternal thing ever.
If there's a chance to see it in on a big screen, you should, but not if you're trying out a new sitter.