Knock on Any Door (1949)

Knock on Any Door (1949)




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In this noir melodrama from Nicholas Ray, Humphrey Bogart stars as Andrew Morton, an attorney who attempts to save a ghetto youth (John Derek) from execution after the boy is charged with a policeman's murder.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Columbia Pictures

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Humphrey Bogart
as Andrew Morton
John Derek
as Nick Romano
George Macready
as Dist. Atty. Kerman
Susan Perry
as Adele Morton
Barry Kelley
as Judge Drake
Dooley Wilson
as Piano Player
Jimmy Conlin
as Kid Fingers
Sid Melton
as Squint
Pepe Hern
as Juan
Robert A. Davis
as Sunshine
Davis Roberts
as Sunshine
Vince Barnett
as Bartender
Thomas Sully
as Officer Hawkins
Florence Auer
as Aunt Lena
Pierre Watkin
as Purcell
Richard Sinatra
as Julian Romano
Carol Coombs
as Ang Romano
Joan Baxter
as Maria Romano
Evelyn Underwood
as Jury Member
Mary Emery
as Jury Member
Franz Roehn
as Jury Member
Betty Hall
as Jury Member
Jack Jahries
as Jury Member
Rose Plummer
as Jury Member
Mabel Smaney
as Jury Member
Joy Hallward
as Jury Member
John Mitchum
as Jury Member
Sidney Dubin
as Jury Member
Homer Dickinson
as Jury Member
Netta Packer
as Jury Member
Chuck Hamilton
as Bailiff
Ralph Volkie
as Bailiff
Frank Marlowe
as Bailiff
Joe Palma
as Reporter
Richard Bartell
as Reporter
Ed Randolph
as Reporter
Eda Reiss Merin
as Reporter
Joan Danton
as Reporter
Donald Kerr
as Court Clerk
Frank Marlo
as Bailiff
Myron Healey
as Assistant District Attorney
Jane Lee
as Woman
Tex Swan
as Man
Paul Baxley
as Policeman
Jack Clisby
as Policeman
Jo Gilbert
as Gussie
Hazel Boyne
as Woman
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Theda Barr
as Girl
Sid Tomack
as Duke
Homer Dickenson
as Jury Member
Peter Virgo
as Suspect
George Hickman
as Man/Detective
Sol (Saul) Gorss
as Detective
Al Hill
as Detective
Philip Morris
as Detective
Helen Mowery
as Miss Holiday
Garry Owen
as Larry
Jody Gilbert
as Gussie
Curt Conway
as Elkins
Al Ferguson
as Guard
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Critic Reviews for Knock on Any Door

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Nicholas Ray's direction stresses the realism of the script taken from Willard Motley's novel of the same title, and gives the film a hard, taut pace that compels complete attention.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Top Critic

A pretentiously 'social' melodrama which came to the Astor yesterday.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

I's hard hitting in its own right, tautly crafted, and repeatedly stabbed through with Ray's impulsive generosity and anguish towards his characters.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Nicholas Ray wrestles with his social consciousness and loses in this drab 1949 drama.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The courtroom perorations are drab, but Nicholas Ray takes off in the fervid slums

Full Review… | February 19, 2012

This hard-hitting crime melodrama offers excellent direction from the always interesting Nicholas Ray and a fine performance from Bogart.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Knock on Any Door

In his debut, John Derek is fine in this courtroom drama/exploration of the root causes of criminality, but Bogart appears to be going through the motions here. For my money, Nicholas Ray is one of the more overrated filmmakers in movie history, and 'Knock on Any Door' manages to get especially preachy toward the end.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse

A strange, silly, sloppy, boring movie that shouldn't have starred Bogart, he's worthy of a much better script.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Adele Morton: If I were as cynical as you, I'd hang myself.

Andrew Morton: If you were as cynical as me? I wouldn't even trust the rope.

Another Bogart movie I've never seen. God bless Ted Turner and TCM. I swear, TCM must be the greatest TV station of all time. As I've said before, I've never met a Bogart movie I didn't like. This one is no exception. He plays a "good guy" in this one, and he's brilliant either way. Nobody can deliver a line like Bogart, and no one can deliver a moralizing speech like the one at the end of this film like Bogart. In a lesser actor's hands, you might be tempted to laugh, but Bogart makes the lessoning stick like crazy glue and stand like the Rock of Gibraltar. Perhaps the best male actor of all time.

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