Mike’s Picks: ‘While the City Sleeps’ and ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’

While the City Sleeps

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Ida Lupino, George Sanders, Vincent Price, John Barrymore Jr.
1956. Even at a reasonable 99 minutes, Fritz Lang’s newspaper crime drama While the City Sleeps gets ground down by a clunky boilerplate romance between Pulitzer-winning print newshound/TV commentator Dana Andrews and co-worker Sally Forrest — though it isn’t exactly without interest that he basically would end up using his pert girlfriend as bait for a greasy serial killer who strangles women in their New York apartments.
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Don’t Bother to Knock

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Elisa Cook Jr.
1952. Filmed on three or four simple sets and clocking in at just 76 minutes, Don’t Bother to Knock is an unusual movie for Marilyn Monroe to have made just as she was on the brink of superstardom.
Extras: Julie Kirgo provides another of her well-researched Twilight Time essays.
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