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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

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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

Andrew Morton: I could still teach you a few, kid. You're just a tin-horned thug and you always will be. You haven't got the guts to be anything else!
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"And introducing John Derek as Nick Romano" See more »

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Referenced in The Subject Was Roses (1968) See more »

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extremely preachy and unlike other Bogart films
19 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is indeed an odd flick and I assume Bogart agreed to star in it because it more closely represented his real-life political and social beliefs. Because of this, it appears to be a sincere effort--unfortunately, it just doesn't grab the viewers. I assume that MANY who saw it in 1949 were VERY disappointed because instead of the tough guy Bogart, he is a lawyer who decries the evils of slums and how it produces career criminals. This social crusader Bogart must have REALLY gone over well with those who wanted the tough guy! My problem is that blaming society is too easy an answer and that really turned me off as I watched. Plus the rhetoric was just too ridiculous and over-the-top. Secondly, it just didn't convince me--if Derek's character or the events leading up to the crime were better written, I might have gone along with the premise. As it was, Derek WAS a punk and deserved to be severely punished. The film would have been MUCH better if the attempts to gain sympathy for the criminal had been deserved. Sure, he had a tough life, but ultimately, he executed a cop and was a menace. This connection and empathy just isn't there--as the writers did a lousy job of creating a flawed character worth saving--Derek was not worth the crusade. So overall, a slightly worse than average flick, though for Bogart a sincere effort but a miss nevertheless.


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