Knock on Any Door

1949

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 70%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 3110

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Humphrey Bogart as Andrew Morton
Carol Coombs as Angie Romano
Sid Melton as 'Squint' Zinsky
Argentina Brunetti as Ma Romano
720p.BLU
917.15 MB
1280*960
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
P/S 1 / 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aromatic-2 10 / 10

Masterpiece on Juvenile Delinquency

Bogey is superb as defense attorney with too soft a heart under his tough guy exterior, and Derek is chillingly believable as the cool, young delinquent who thinks nothing of playing his friends for marks. Macready, as the relentless D.A, pulls no punches, and allows for no softness in an indelible performance.

A pioneering movie blazes a trail later imitated but never bested.

Reviewed by thinker1691 7 / 10

" Of all the crimes you committed, this is one, you shouldn't have ! "

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. ****

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 7 / 10

Superb Bogart performance

I think this is a fine movie, with a tremendous performance by Humphrey Bogart.

A lawyer -- Bogart -- defends Nick Romano (John Derek), a good boy that turned into a juvenile delinquent when his childhood went bad when his father died...in part due to his lawyer's negligence (Bogart). The older Nick got, the more of a thug he became, although for a while, after he married a sweet girl, it seemed as if things were turning around for him. Eventually, Nick goes on trial for viciously killing a policeman. Bogart's legal strategy is to argue that the slums bred Nick into a criminal. Bogart has a field day in the courtroom scenes...one his strongest performances...in a film produced by his own production company.

Reviewer Bosley Crowther called the film "a pretentious social melodrama". Well, it is a social melodrama...a rather liberal one, though I'm not sure why Crowther called it "pretentious".

While Bogart's performance is dominant, John Derek's debut is very strong. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Derek ever lived up to this early promise. As he was nicknamed in this film, he was a pretty boy, and as Bogart reportedly told him, that would not be enough.

A fine film that might belong on your DVD shelf.

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