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“She was the victim of ballyhoo and sensation — exploited beyond anyone’s means.” — Sir Laurence Olivier
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1950's The Flip wig
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Regardless of her popularity and sex appeal, Monroe wished to present more of her acting range, and in the summer of 1952 she appeared in two commercially successful dramas.  The first was Fritz Lang 's Clash by Night , for which she was loaned to RKO and played a fish cannery worker; to prepare, she spent time in a real fish cannery in Monterey .  She received positive reviews for her performance: The Hollywood Reporter stated that "she deserves starring status with her excellent interpretation", and Variety wrote that she "has an ease of delivery which makes her a cinch for popularity".   The second film was the thriller Don't Bother to Knock , in which she starred as a mentally disturbed babysitter and which Zanuck had assigned for her to test her abilities in a heavier dramatic role.  It received mixed reviews from critics, with Crowther deeming her too inexperienced for the difficult role,  and Variety blaming the script for the film's problems.