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Knock on Any Door (1949)

An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

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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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$900,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart offered Marlon Brando the role of Nick Romano, even visiting him backstage at a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire". Brando lost interest but loved Nick's coda: "Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse." See more »

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When the killer stands over the police officer and shoots him, four shots are heard but there are only three gun flashes. See more »

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Nick Romano: You want to do something for me? Remember me in your prayers.
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"And introducing John Derek as Nick Romano" See more »

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Referenced in The Monkees: Find the Monkees (1967) See more »

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A pretentious attempt to glorify a young hoodlum...
7 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Bogart plays a forceful attorney who spends almost the entire film trying to convince the jury and the audience that Derek is an innocent victim of circumstantial evidence…

To prove his point, he takes the audience through a series of flashbacks into the dirty squalor and deprivation that brought about the killing in question…

The film is a patently phony attempt at social commentary which simply didn't come off… A sequel, "Let No Man Write My Epitaph," was made in 1960…

One line of dialog from "Knock On Any Door," used as Derek's motto, was often quoted by young people in the fifties: "Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse."


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