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Knock on Any Door ()


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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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Andrew Morton
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Nick Romano
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Dist. Atty. Kerman
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Emma
Candy Toxton ...
Adele Morton (as Susan Perry)
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Vito
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Judge Drake
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Aunt Lena (uncredited)
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Carl Swanson - Bartender (uncredited)
Theda Barr ...
Girl (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Joan Baxter ...
Maria Romano (uncredited)
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The Chef in Poolroom / Court Spectator (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ...
Woman (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ...
Man (uncredited)
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Ma Romano (uncredited)
Charles Camp ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Cashier (uncredited)
Jack Clisby ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Chuck Colean ...
Man (uncredited)
Lorraine Comerford ...
Teenager in Courtroom (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Nightclub Dance Extra (uncredited)
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Barber (uncredited)
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Kid Fingers Carnahan (uncredited)
Connie Conrad ...
Woman (uncredited)
Curt Conway ...
Ed Elkins (uncredited)
Carol Coombs ...
Angie Romano (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Joan Danton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
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Bootblack (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ...
Man (uncredited)
Sidney Dubin ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
Ann Duncan ...
Teenager in Courtroom (uncredited)
Mary Emery ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Reformatory Guard (uncredited)
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Prison Warden (uncredited)
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Gussie (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ...
Detective Interrogating Suspect (uncredited)
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Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Suspect (uncredited)
Betty Hall ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
Joy Hallward ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
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Bailiff (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Cliff Heard ...
Man (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ...
Juan Rodríguez (uncredited)
George Hickman ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Detective Interrogating Romano (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ...
Boss (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Jack Jahries ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ...
Man (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Kreibich ...
Man (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Butch (uncredited)
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'Squint' Zinsky (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Merlo ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
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Jury Member (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Miss Holiday (uncredited)
Gordon Nelson ...
Corey - Lawyer (uncredited)
Garry Owen ...
Larry - Barber (uncredited)
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Jury Member (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reformatory Guard (uncredited)
Beulah Parkington ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Jim 'Sunshine' Jackson (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
Dick Sinatra ...
Julian Romano (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ...
Jury Member (uncredited)
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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)
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Knitter (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ...
Suspect (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
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Purcell - Lawyer (uncredited)
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Suspect Without Shirt (uncredited)
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Nelly Watkins (uncredited)
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Jimmy (uncredited)
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Piano Player (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nicholas Ray

Written by

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Daniel Taradash ... (screenplay) &
John Monks Jr. ... (screenplay)
 
Willard Motley ... (from the novel "Knock On Any Door" by)

Produced by

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Henry S. Kesler ... associate producer
Robert Lord ... producer

Music by

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George Antheil

Cinematography by

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Burnett Guffey

Film Editing by

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Viola Lawrence

Art Direction by

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Robert Peterson

Set Decoration by

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William Kiernan

Costume Design by

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Jean Louis

Makeup Department

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Clay Campbell ... makeup artist
Helen Hunt ... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Arthur S. Black Jr. ... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)

Sound Department

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Frank Goodwin ... sound

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gene Anderson ... camera operator (uncredited)
William Johnson ... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter Meins ... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Walters ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ernest Gold ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Frances McDowell ... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It will shock you but it will hold you spellbound to the end ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les ruelles du malheur (France)
  • Llamad a cualquier puerta (Spain)
  • Tuomion tie (Finland)
  • Pukac do kazdych drzwi (Poland)
  • Kolasmena neiata (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $900,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Humphrey Bogart was told that director Nicholas Ray wanted to film the entire 'sentencing statement for the defense' sequence in a single take, Bogart was concerned because he had never delivered such a long speech without cuts and feared he couldn't do it. Ray calmed Bogart down, suggested several rehearsals, and much to Bogart's surprise, Ray rolled during the rehearsals filming most of what has become the famous and well-played sentencing sequence. See more »
Goofs In Mortons' office, after Ed stands up and leaves, Morton's right hand is on the desk. In the next shot his right hand is high over the desk. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bacall on Bogart (1988). See more »
Crazy Credits "And introducing John Derek as Nick Romano" See more »
Quotes Nick Romano: Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.
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