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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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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The book by Willard Motley was a best seller. It was serialized in the William Randolph Hearst newspapers and abridged versions appeared in Look Magazine and Omnibook (a Reader's Digest-type of magazine of the day). 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 »

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Junior: Good day, riff-raff.
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"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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" Of all the crimes you committed, this is one, you shouldn't have ! "
17 December 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart has created an impressive resume in movies. Thus when trying to choose which film personifies his best, it's difficult to say. Some would offer it's the 'Petrified Forest', others would argue and suggest 'The African Queen', or 'The Maltese Falcon'. They are all Classics, still this movie " Knock on any Door " is the one I would select. The story is taken from the novel by Willard Motley and able directed by Nicholas Ray. Seen in Black and White it relates the story of Nick Romano, superbly played by handsome John Derek (the stone-cutter from The Ten Commandments). Growing up wild and undisciplined in the wet streets of a big city, he is arrested for a Capital crime and stands a good chance of imprisonment or death. However, the only obstacle to that bleak future is able defense attorney Andrew Morton, attorney at law. The courtroom drama is inter-fused with the life of the young Romano and Bogart is at his best with a incredible narrative which encompasses the film. The drama is excellent as is the acting, leaving little doubt the end result is one of Bogart's best. Easilly offered or recommended to any fan of Bogart or Derek as a Classic picture. ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1949 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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