Knock on Any Door
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Though Humphrey Bogart is the official star of Knock on Any Door, the film is essentially a showcase for Columbia's newest young male discovery John Derek. The first production of Bogart's Santana company, the film casts Bogart as attorney Andrew Morton. A product of the slums, Morton is persuaded to take the case of underprivileged teenager Nick Romano (Derek), who has been arrested on a murder charge. Through flashbacks, Morton demonstrates that Romano is more a victim of society than a natural-born killer. Though this defense strategy does not have the desired result on the jury… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Nicholas Ray wrestles with his social consciousness and loses in this drab 1949 drama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Though Ray's film has a strong sense of social and moral outrage, the narrative doesn't bear out the simplistic conclusions arrived at."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A pretentiously 'social' melodrama which came to the Astor yesterday."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The courtroom perorations are drab, but Nicholas Ray takes off in the fervid slums"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The excitement and tension is built up nicely, and although it touches on the melodramatic at times, remains crisp and sharp throughout."
‑ , Film4
"I's hard hitting in its own right, tautly crafted, and repeatedly stabbed through with Ray's impulsive generosity and anguish towards his characters."
‑ , Time Out
"This hard-hitting crime melodrama offers excellent direction from the always interesting Nicholas Ray and a fine performance from Bogart."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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