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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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17 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Vor verschlossenen Türen  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Humphrey Bogart was told that director Nicholas Ray wanted to film the entire 'sentencing statement for the defense' sequence in a single take, Bogart was concerned because he had never delivered such a long speech without cuts and feared he couldn't do it. Ray calmed Bogart down, suggested several rehearsals, and much to Bogart's surprise, Ray rolled during the rehearsals filming most of what has become the famous and well-played sentencing sequence. See more »

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In Mortons' office, after Ed stands up and leaves, Morton's right hand is on the desk. In the next shot his right hand is high over the desk. See more »

Quotes

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 Happy Days: Be the First on Your Block (1974) See more »

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Masterpiece on Juvenile Delinquency
28 May 2000 | by 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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