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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
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It's third feature of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979). The screenplay, by John Monks Jr. and Daniel Taradash, is adapting the novel "Knock on Any Door" (1947), Willard Motley. Is shot in real settings Lake Arrowhead (CA) and the Sunset Gower studios Columbia Studios (Hollywood, LA, CA) Produced by Robert Lord for Santana Productions for Columbia Pictures, The dramatic action takes place in Chicago (IL) in recent years 1948-1949. The hero is the attorney Andrew "Andy" Morton (Bogart), who had a difficult childhood, but later got out and is now happily married a promising lawyer. Co-star is young Nick Romano (Derek), eldest son of a large family of Italian immigrants, lives in a slum in the city, where poverty abounds, unemployment, and crime. The film explores, among other things, the world of adolescents and young people particularly in relation to the problem of juvenile delinquency, its causes and its relationship with the environment.
Movie fundamental genre noir cinema with a good interpretation of Humphrey and somewhat looser interpretation of John Derek, where they try to analyze the causes of crime through a reflection of social exclusion and explicit criticism of the institutions (police, prisons, reformatories...).
This film could be a prelude of what would later become (Rebel without a Cause 1955), problematic neighbourhood kid and wanted by the law. Good movie, recommended especially for the actions of Bogart, a character who used to play.
"Knock on Any Door " is a tense film, with a large dose of social criticism to a world where we see and do not act, where we are all guilty of any offense, even where the law is able to use any trick to get your goal.
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