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Knock on Any Door (1949)

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An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

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Nicholas Ray

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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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

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 »

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: Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) See more »

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A pretentious attempt to glorify a young hoodlum...
7 April 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Bogart plays a forceful attorney who spends almost the entire film trying to convince the jury and the audience that Derek is an innocent victim of circumstantial evidence…

To prove his point, he takes the audience through a series of flashbacks into the dirty squalor and deprivation that brought about the killing in question…

The film is a patently phony attempt at social commentary which simply didn't come off… A sequel, "Let No Man Write My Epitaph," was made in 1960…

One line of dialog from "Knock On Any Door," used as Derek's motto, was often quoted by young people in the fifties: "Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse."


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