Marilyn Monroe, co-starred with Richard Widmark, gives an excellent account of herself in a strictly dramatic role which commands certain attention, but the story of a psycho baby-sitter lacks interest.
Femme star enters a NY hotel to take on a baby-sitting stint. Actually, she’s newly released from a mental institution, sent there when her mind cracked after her fiance crashed in the Pacific and drowned. In Widmark, who glimpses her from his room across the court and comes calling with a bottle, she sees, in her dementia, the man she once loved.
Action progresses at a dull pace, and script by Daniel Taradash [from a novel by Charlotte Armstrong] tries to juggle too many elements.
Monroe’s role seems an odd choice, and in this she’s anything but glamorous, despite her donning a negligee. Widmark doesn’t appear too happy with his role. Anne Bancroft, making her screen bow, scores brightly as a torch singer.