Don't Bother To Knock. Bill Ferguson (Richard Todd). Copyright: Haileywood Films.

Don't Bother To Knock

1961 British comedy film about romantic entanglements. Stars Richard Todd, Nicole Maurey, Elke Sommer, June Thorburn, Rik Battaglia and others.

Don't Bother To Knock. American Girl (Amanda Barrie). Copyright: Haileywood Films.

Don't Bother To Knock

Romantic entanglements ensue as a travel agent attempts to become engaged to his long-term girlfriend despite having a string of women at his flat

Richard Todd, Nicole Maurey, Elke Sommer, June Thorburn, Rik Battaglia, Judith Anderson, Dawn Beret, Scot Finch and others
Clifford Hanley, Denis Cannan and Frederic Gotfurt
Cyril Frankel
Frank Godwin

Edinburgh travel agent Bill Ferguson heads on a continental holiday after a falling out with his tempestuous girlfriend Stella, to whom he intended to propose marriage.

Whilst away he receives news that Stella has become engaged to another man, and so doesn't hold back from finding a few flings of his own! In turn, he gives each woman his address and one of a number of spare keys a friend gave him as a joke present before he left home - but fairly understandably assumes he'll never see any of them again.

However, Bill's holiday is cut short when a phone call seals his reunion with and long-awaited engagement to Stella. He heads back to Edinburgh immediately, but it quickly transpires that his flat is not as vacant as he'd expected!

Production Details

He was fiancée free and free for anything fancy .... and on a mad merry miss-conducted tour of Europe's beauties!
UK certificate
87 minutes
Release date
Monday 29th May 1961


Production company
Also known as
  • Why Bother To Knock? (US title)
Music composed by Elisabeth Lutyens and conducted by John Hollingsworth.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Thursday 4th March 2021 at 6:35pm on TPTV

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