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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 thanks to the badgering of DA Kernan (George Macready), Morton does manage to arouse sympathy for the plight of those trapped by birth and circumstance in a dead-end existence. As Nick Romano, John Derek would never be better, nor would ever again play a character who struck so responsive a chord with the audience. Nick's oft-repeated credo--"Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse"--became the clarion call for a generation of disenfranchised youth. Director Nicholas Ray would later expand on themes touched upon in Knock on a Any Door in his juvenile delinquent "chef d'oeuvre" Nicholas Ray. Viewers are advised to watch for future TV personalities Cara Williams and Si Melton in uncredited minor roles. Knock on Any Door spawned a belated sequel in 1960, Si Melton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 21, 1949

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
as Andrew Morton
John Derek
as Nick Romano
George Macready
as District attorney Kerman
Allene Roberts
as Emma
Susan Perry
as Adele
Mickey Knox
as Vito
Barry Kelley
as Judge Drake
Cara Williams
as Nelly
Jimmy Conlin
as Kid Fingers
Sid Melton
as Squint
Pepe Hern
as Juan
Dewey Martin
as Butch
Vince Barnett
as Bartender
Florence Auer
as Aunt Lena
Pierre Watkin
as Purcell
Gordon Nelson
as Corey
Argentina Brunetti
as Ma Romano
Richard Bartell
Anne Cornwall
Frank Marlowe
as Bailiff
Ed Randolph
Richard Sinatra
as Julian Romano
Joe Brockman
Connie Conrad
Wesley Hopper
as Boss
Dooley Wilson
as Piano Player
Sumner Williams
as Jimmy
Carol Coombs
as Ang Romano
Mary Emery
as Jury Member
Franz Roehn
as Jury Member
Betty Hall
as Jury Member
Rose Plummer
as Jury Member
Mabel Smaney
as Jury Member
Joy Hallward
as Jury Member
John Mitchum
as Jury Member
Netta Packer
as Jury Member
Ralph Volkie
as Bailiff
Chuck Hamilton
as Bailiff
Frank Marlo
as Bailiff
Joe Palma
as Reporter
Eda Reiss Merin
as Reporter
Donald Kerr
as Court Clerk
Myron Healey
as Assistant District Attorney
John Indrisano
as Man
Blackie Whiteford
as Man
Charles Sullivan
as Man
Dudley Dickerson
as Man
Paul Baxley
as Policeman
Eddie Borden
as Man
Hazel Boyne
as Woman
George Chandler
as Cashier
Chester Conklin
as Barber
Curt Conway
as Elkins
Al Ferguson
as Guard
Jo Gilbert
as Gussie
Roberta Haynes
as Woman
Helen Mowery
as Miss Holiday
Eddie Parker
as Guard
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Sid Tomack
as Duke
Jeff York
as Man
Homer Dickenson
as Jury Member
Franklin Farnum
as Man
Sol (Saul) Gorss
as Detective
Frank S. Hagney
as Suspect
Al Hill
as Detective
Philip Morris
as Detective
Mabel Smaney
as Jury Member
Wesley Hopper
as Boss
Hazel Boyne
as Woman
John Mitchum
as Jury Member
Philip Morris
as Detective
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Paul Baxley
as Policeman
Charles Sullivan
as Man
Blackie Whiteford
as Man
Rose Plummer
as Jury Member
Myron Healey
as Assistant District Attorney
Jeff York
as Man
Frank Marlo
as Bailiff
John Indrisano
as Man
Curt Conway
as Elkins
Eddie Borden
as Man
Sid Tomack
as Duke
Donald Kerr
as Court Clerk
Chester Conklin
as Barber
Al Ferguson
as Guard
Chuck Hamilton
as Bailiff
Al Hill
as Detective
Sol (Saul) Gorss
as Detective
Frank Marlowe
as Bailiff
Eda Reiss Merin
as Reporter
Dudley Dickerson
as Man
Betty Hall
as Jury Member
Franklin Farnum
as Man
Joy Hallward
as Jury Member
Roberta Haynes
as Woman
Jo Gilbert
as Gussie
Franz Roehn
as Jury Member
Frank S. Hagney
as Suspect
George Chandler
as Cashier
Dooley Wilson
as Piano Player
Netta Packer
as Jury Member
Sumner Williams
as Jimmy
Carol Coombs
as Ang Romano
Ralph Volkie
as Bailiff
Joe Palma
as Reporter
Mary Emery
as Jury Member
Richard Sinatra
as Julian Romano
Eddie Parker
as Guard
Helen Mowery
as Miss Holiday
Homer Dickenson
as Jury Member

Crew

Nicholas Ray
Director
Robert Lord
Producer
Daniel Taradash
Screenwriter
Willard Motley
Book Author
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Viola Lawrence
Editor
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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