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Why Bother to Knock (1961)

Don't Bother to Knock (original title)
A romantically active travel agent gives all his girlfriends keys to his flat - too many to keep count of!


Cyril Frankel


Clifford Hanley (novel), Denis Cannan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Bill
Nicole Maurey ... Lucille
Elke Sommer ... Ingrid
June Thorburn ... Stella
Rik Battaglia ... Giulio
Judith Anderson ... Maggie
Dawn Beret Dawn Beret ... Harry
Scot Finch Scot Finch ... Perry
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mother
John Le Mesurier ... Father
Colin Gordon ... Rolsom
Kenneth Fortescue Kenneth Fortescue ... Ian
Ronald Fraser ... Fred
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Al (as Tom Duggan)
Michael Shepley ... Colonel


A romantically active travel agent gives all his girlfriends keys to his flat - too many to keep count of!

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Elke Sommer...The "Shot in the Dark" girl gives SEX a shot in the arm!




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Release Date:

2 February 1962 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Why Bother to Knock See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Michael Shepley's final film. He died before the film was released. See more »


When Richard Todd is dancing with Lucille, the right shoulder strap of her dress comes off, but when they are kissing, the strap is back on her shoulder again. See more »

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Following the closing credits, the film finishes with THE END ? See more »

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Limp Effort at Farce!
22 January 2019 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Like another reviewer here, I immediately thought of Boeing Boeing, whilst watching Don't Bother to Knock. To be fair to the latter, Boeing Boeing was made 4 years later and is therefore more likely to have borrowed from DBTK than visa versa. BB also had a couple of significant advantages; Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, both experienced in playing comedic roles.

Don't Bother to Knock relies heavily on the shoulders of lead actor Richard Todd and he is hopelessly miscast as a philandering middle-aged travel agent, who supposedly wants to settle down with his naive fiancee Stella. However his character's behaviour and actions just aren't convincing. Instead he comes across as an unfunny 40+ Lothario, whose constant attempts to seduce women far younger than him, are more in keeping with an over-sexed teenage male. Todd, well - known for his more dramatic roles, didn't have the light touch and the timing for comedy, let alone farce.

He's not helped by the script here, which doesn't exactly crackle with humour. Ironically one of the funniest things about this movie, which is mainly set in Edinburgh (to suit the storyline in the second half), is that I only remember one character who actually spoke with a Scottish accent ... a taxi driver. So yes, a distinct failure all around.

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