Knock on Any Door (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Knock on Any Door (1949)




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Movie Info

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.


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
Davis Roberts
as Sunshine
Vince Barnett
as Bartender
Thomas Sully
as Officer Hawkins
Florence Auer
as Aunt Lena
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
Ralph Volkie
as Bailiff
Joe Palma
as Reporter
Ed Randolph
as Reporter
Joan Danton
as Reporter
Donald Kerr
as Court Clerk
Myron Healey
as Assistant District Attorney
Frank Marlo
as Bailiff
Jane Lee
as Woman
Paul Baxley
as Policeman
Jack Clisby
as Policeman
Jo Gilbert
as Gussie
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Peter Virgo
as Suspect
George Hickman
as Man/Detective
Al Hill
as Detective
Philip Morris
as Detective
Helen Mowery
as Miss Holiday
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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.

October 22, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…

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

October 22, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Knock on Any Door

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.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


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 and Macready aside, of course. Bogart plays an attorney who tries to save John Derek (playing an Italian) from a murder rap. The story follows Derek's character more than it showcases Bogart's. If you watch this movie you'll quickly understand why it's not a must-see Bogart movie. If you're looking for a much better pairing of Bogart and Ray you'll do well to watch In a Lonely Place.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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