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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... 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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Vor verschlossenen Türen  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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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

Dist. Atty. Kerman: Was there a floor show that night at the bar?
Butch: There was a dame - a lady.
Dist. Atty. Kerman: Was the lady a blonde or brunette?
Butch: You think I was looking at her hair?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Film noir with a message
10 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The message of this film is very important, and something we can think about today.

I will not ruin this plot for those who have not had the time to see it, but I recommend this as one of those 'hard to find' movies from Bogart's large collection.

For a thriller, this is the perfect ingredients. You have a good leading man, and a story centered around crime. The ending is one in a million. I disagree with the first review on this page, in no way does this film try to "glorify a hoodlum" the message is something we need to think about today when we see all these gang bangers on the news murdering people. There's a way we can do without all of that. This movie, should be a warning why you should not do those kind of things.


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