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Knock on Any Door (1949)

Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him. After he lost his paycheck gambling, hoping to buy... See full summary »

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Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him. After he lost his paycheck gambling, hoping to buy his wife some jewelry, she announced she was pregnant, Later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he's caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Morton's appeal to the court emphasizes the evils of the slums. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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22 February 1949 (USA)  »

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Vor verschlossenen Türen  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was the first film made by Humphrey Bogart's independent production company, Santana. He chose Nicholas Ray to direct because he had greatly admired his directorial debut They Live by Night (1948). See more »

Goofs

In court, when Morton stands up for the first time, he puts both hands in his pockets. The next shot shows him with only his left hand in the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Junior: Good day, riff-raff.
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Crazy Credits

"And introducing John Derek as Nick Romano" See more »

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Referenced in The Monkees: Monkee Mother (1967) See more »

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Masterpiece on Juvenile Delinquency
28 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Bogey is superb as defense attorney with too soft a heart under his tough guy exterior, and Derek is chillingly believable as the cool, young delinquent who thinks nothing of playing his friends for marks. Macready, as the relentless D.A, pulls no punches, and allows for no softness in an indelible performance.

A pioneering movie blazes a trail later imitated but never bested.


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