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Release Date:
17 March 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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Additional Details

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?

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 »
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 »
Andrew Morton:Until we do away with the type of neighborhood that produced this boy, ten will spring up to take his place, a hundred, a thousand. Until we wipe out the slums and rebuild them, knock on any door and you may find Nick Romano.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Biography: Humphrey Bogart" (2003)See more »


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31 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece on Juvenile Delinquency, 28 May 2000
Author: Holly ( from New York, NY

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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