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Knock on Any Door (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 March 1949 (USA)
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An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), John Monks Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Andrew Morton
John Derek ... Nick Romano
George Macready ... Dist. Atty. Kerman
Allene Roberts ... Emma
Candy Toxton Candy Toxton ... Adele Morton (as Susan Perry)
Mickey Knox ... Vito
Barry Kelley ... Judge Drake
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Storyline

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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It will shock you but it will hold you spellbound to the end !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vor verschlossenen Türen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,100,000, 31 December 1949
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film made by Humphrey Bogart's independent production company, Santana Pictures Corp. - named after his yacht. 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

Nick Romano: You want to do something for me? Remember me in your prayers.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Middle of the Night (1959) See more »

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A disappointing effort
10 December 2011 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A disappointing effort at the (apparently) age-old trope that crime and criminals are caused by society rather than the failings of men. These were done before this, and (many) were done after. In spite of the billing, John Derek is really the star of this picture, and he can't quite pull it off. Humphrey Bogart, as always, is excellent when he is on-screen, but this is not enough to carry the picture. Allene Roberts was beautiful, and played her role well, but it was doggedly one-dimensional. Back to the liberal theme here, the idea that bad neighborhoods, bad luck, bad times, and bad associates cause the loss of good young young people into eternal thug-hood is belied by all those (including Bogart's character) who rise above these things, and become decent and moral citizens. I found the whole effort ham-handed and preachy.


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