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Knock on Any Door(1949)

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  • "He's a weak, bad kid"

    • Jeff Boston
    • 4/9/13

    Choir boy son of an immigrant John Derek becomes "Pretty Boy" son of a ----- in this bleeding heart film. Derek gets married to Eva Marie sound-a-like (and cuter) Allene Roberts, then gets harried by George Macready, whose looks seemed destined to land him in more Nazi movies beyond "The Desert Fox". The casting is an obvious attempt to build sympathy for Derek's bum character, who doesn't deserve it, and neither do those who get part of the blame for his becoming a bum in Bogart's final speech. You have free will, and life is full of choices. The lead character made many bad ones due to weakness, starting with rejecting his Christian upbringing for a life of sin.

  • Allene Roberts

    • jack
    • 8/21/11

    Allene Roberts' performance is so heart-rending, a truly blessed actress, a shame she did not make more films.

  • Four Bogart Co-Stars

    • Bruce Reber
    • 12/23/09

    "Knock On Any Door"(1949) produced by Humphrey Bogart's own production company Santana, features 4 of the actors he worked with in other films, 3 past: Dooley Wilson, piano player Sam "As Time Goes By" at Rick's Cafe Americain in "Casablanca"(1942) Houseley Stevenson, the shady plastic surgeon "I can make you look like a bulldog or a monkey"! in Dark Passage"(1947) Bill Haade, one of Johnny Rocco's gang in "Key Largo"(1948) and 1 future: Dewey Martin, brother of escaped prisoner Glenn Griffin (played by Bogart) in "The Desperate Hours"(1955). I've seen "Knock On Any Door" several times; very good and one of Bogart's most underrated films.

  • KNOCK ON ANY DOOR

    • sally
    • 1/3/09

    I hope this will be released on DVD for the senior citizens to enjoy.

  • A Favortite

    • Elaine Josefowski
    • 6/15/07

    I found this movie to be one of the best I have ever seen of Bogart next to the African Queen. I especially like how Bogart puts a lot of feeling into the last scene of the movie. My advice watch this movie.

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