Don't Bother to Knock (1961 film)

Don't Bother to Knock (US: Why Bother to Knock) is a 1961 CinemaScope British comedy film directed by Cyril Frankel and co-produced by and starring Richard Todd. Also starring with Todd were Nicole Maurey, Elke Sommer and John Le Mesurier.

Don't Bother to Knock
Directed byCyril Frankel
Produced byFrank Godwin
Written byDenis Cannan
Frederic Gotfurt
Frederic Raphael
Based onDon't Bother to Knock
1959 novel
by Clifford Hanley
StarringRichard Todd
Nicole Maurey
Elke Sommer
John Le Mesurier
Music byElisabeth Lutyens
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited byAnne V. Coates
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Release date
29 May 1961 (London)
Running time
89 minutes (UK)
CountryUnited Kingdom


Bill Ferguson (Richard Todd), a travel agent in Edinburgh, has an argument with his girlfriend Stella after he loses the key to his apartment. Unnoticed by Bill, Maggie, an American business associate of his, finds his key in his trouser cuff where he had dropped it, but, before returning it, she makes a copy of the key and gives Bill a gift of a case containing several copies of the key with his address on an attached metal tag.

Subsequently travelling around Europe on a business trip, Bill has romantic encounters with three women, giving each one a key to his flat. When two of them, plus the daughter of the other, arrive at about the same time to attend the Edinburgh Festival, they all decide to stay with Bill, and Bill has to cope with the women all meeting each other, as well as Stella finding out about them.[1]



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