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Daniel Taradash (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
22 February 1949 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Andrew Morton

John Derek ... Nick Romano

George Macready ... Dist. Atty. Kerman

Allene Roberts ... Emma
Candy Toxton ... Adele Morton (as Susan Perry)
Mickey Knox ... Vito

Barry Kelley ... Judge Drake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Florence Auer ... Aunt Lena (uncredited)

Vince Barnett ... Carl Swanson - Bartender (uncredited)
Theda Barr ... Girl (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Joan Baxter ... Maria Romano (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... The Chef in Poolroom / Court Spectator (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Woman (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ... Man (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Ma Romano (uncredited)
Charles Camp ... Waiter (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Cashier (uncredited)
Jack Clisby ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chuck Colean ... Man (uncredited)
Lorraine Comerford ... Teenager in Courtroom (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Dance Extra (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Barber (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Kid Fingers Carnahan (uncredited)
Connie Conrad ... Woman (uncredited)
Curt Conway ... Ed Elkins (uncredited)
Carol Coombs ... Angie Romano (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Woman (uncredited)
Joan Danton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Dudley Dickerson ... Bootblack (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ... Man (uncredited)
Sidney Dubin ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Ann Duncan ... Teenager in Courtroom (uncredited)
Mary Emery ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Reformatory Guard (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Gussie (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Detective Interrogating Suspect (uncredited)

William Haade ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Suspect (uncredited)
Betty Hall ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Joy Hallward ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Roberta Haynes ... Woman (uncredited)

Myron Healey ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Cliff Heard ... Man (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... Juan Rodríguez (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Detective (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Detective Interrogating Romano (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Boss (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Jahries ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ... Man (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Kreibich ... Man (uncredited)

Jane Lee ... Woman (uncredited)

Dewey Martin ... Butch (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... 'Squint' Zinsky (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Merlo ... Bailiff (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Detective (uncredited)

Helen Mowery ... Miss Holiday (uncredited)
Gordon Nelson ... Corey - Lawyer (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Larry - Barber (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Reporter (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Reformatory Guard (uncredited)
Beulah Parkington ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Reporter (uncredited)

Davis Roberts ... Jim 'Sunshine' Jackson (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Dick Sinatra ... Julian Romano (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Houseley Stevenson ... Junior (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Man (uncredited)
Thomas Sully ... Officer Dan Hawkins (uncredited)
Tex Swan ... Man (uncredited)
Betty Taylor ... Woman (uncredited)
Glen Thompson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Duke the Fence (uncredited)
Evelyn Underwood ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Knitter (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Suspect (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Purcell - Lawyer (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Suspect Without Shirt (uncredited)

Cara Williams ... Nelly Watkins (uncredited)
Sumner Williams ... Jimmy (uncredited)

Dooley Wilson ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Man (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
Writing credits
Daniel Taradash (screenplay) &
John Monks Jr. (screenplay)

Willard Motley (from the novel "Knock On Any Door" by)

Produced by
Henry S. Kesler .... associate producer
Robert Lord .... producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Anderson .... camera operator
William Johnson .... gaffer (as Bill Johnson)
Walter Meins .... grip
Joseph Walters .... still photographer (as Joe Walters)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Producer Mark Hellinger had owned the rights to the novel and was planning to film it when he opened his own production company in late 1947. Humphrey Bogart was to be a partner in Mark Hellinger Productions. However, Hellinger died in December 1947. It is probable that Bogart purchased the rights from Hellinger's estate some time in 1948, and this film was the first production of Bogart's independent company, Santana.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Junior:Good day, riff-raff.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Movie fundamental genre noir cinema, 18 April 2012
Author: psagray from Spain

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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