Knock on Any Door
Knock on Any Door (1949)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 22, 1949
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though Ray's film has a strong sense of social and moral outrage, the narrative doesn't bear out the simplistic conclusions arrived at.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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The excitement and tension is built up nicely, and although it touches on the melodramatic at times, remains crisp and sharp throughout.

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Time Out

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

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TV Guide

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A strange, silly, sloppy, boring movie that shouldn't have starred Bogart, he's worthy of a much better script.
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Adele Morton: If I were as cynical as you, I'd hang myself.<p>Andrew Morton: If you were as cynical as me? I wouldn't even trust the… More
Michael Gildea
Nick Ray's direction shines when Knock on Any Door isn't wallowing in its own mediocrity, heavy-handed social commentary and dull performances. Bogart… More