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Think Dewey Martin Would Be Better Nick Than Derek
Bogie's first production credit,a fairfmade so much better by casting of that great villain,here a serpentine-motioned George Macready as DA Kerman.Some other good acting,not byDerek,he's static.Even oozing venom and ridiculing "Pretty Boy",Macready delivers.Hope Bogie appreciated this man's contribution to what was more a Screen Director's Play than a great film with a contrived message!
Derek No Leading Man
Derek never made much of an actor,good thing he married them.This film is only tolerable for Macready's excellent portrayal of a prosecutor.He positively smoked in the role,and Bogie was not even holding on when Big Mac blew past him and everyone else on the set!So,there for all who can only talk about Derek (Bogie would've liked to kiss him-ewwww!),Bogie only fair,the rest had too much time that should've been granted to parts of the prosecution's case.GO MACREADY,Georgie Boy!
Bogie & Derek Out Of Their Element
Derek stinks as an actor,Bogart not at his best as an attorney.However,Macready very convincing in his role,the only reason I ever watched this film.He's downright smoking as the prosecutor,and he does just that.Why he never got any awards is beyond me,he did some very solid film acting,even if some of his tv roles were over-the-top.
Pretty Boy Write His Epitaph
Macready's movie all the way.He blows Bogie and Derek out of the theater,and I'm sick of hearing him called evil as well as scar-faced.His scars (eyebrow,upper lip,scalp,cheek across under jaw to his right ear were from a car accident in which he went through the windscreen and being stitched on scene by a veterinarian,only doctor available (after a college singing competition in middle of winter),later developing scarlet fever,and no doubt a concusion/head injury,maybe neck injury and lifetime of serious headaches,but was a nice guy in spite of his roles he was given because of said scar.Typecast as uber Nazi,he was a skilled theater actor,and H'wood owes him a debt of gratitude!Time to repay it while some of his kids are still around!
Macready's Performance Oscar Deserving!
George was robbed of Academy Excelence on at least three occasions:Knock On Any Door (his performance made the film),Paths Of Glory,Gilda.He was never nominated.That should tell you something,not only are they colorblind,but performance blind!Bogie was only fair,but Macready gives another fiery performance.Thefilm drags terribly until the courtroom/judge's chamber scenes.Derek is awful!Why did my cousin ever go for him?
Macready Owns The Part Of DA
Yeah,yeah,Derek was pretty,but so was Macready before a life changing car accident in hi late teens.He went on to a good career as a character actor on screen after a failed screen test in 1932.Think he was smart to hold out until 1940s to try again,and he nailed most everything he did on small or big screen.Here he absolutely sizzles as the prosecutor who goes in for the kill on Pretty Boy Derek.Whoever came up with that name was ridiculous,it could've been changed to something less ridiculous when it came to the screen.Except for Macready's standout performance,think the follow-up Let No Man Write My Epitaph was far more worthy film.No one approaches the intensity of Macready in this film!
Let's Feel Sorry For Criminals
Extenuating circumstances are not excusable.Murder is murder,and should be punished.Crime does not pay,DA Kerman does his job,Bogie tries to blame everyone but the responsible party for a cop's murder.Scene where he and Macready go at each other is best in this and many other films.If they were after best actors,they sure got one at least with Macready.He was SMOKING!Not bad looking either,like his looks better than Derek,who I always thought was meh!
Watching this on TCM Vault Collection,am impressed with gist of story.Let's blame everyone but the criminal for his behavior.And then make the only standout performance be the voice demanding justice for someone's losing all sense of reason during a crime,and not just murdering but assassinating a cop,and then nearly choking the prosecutor.IMHO,Macready was the only Academy-worthy performance,and his courtroom scenes use his "iciness" to the best effect.He's brilliant!And richly deserving in getting proper respect for his entire career,tv and films.
Macready WAS THIS FILM, IMHO
The one who walked away with this film and should've been Oscar nominated was Macready.He was far more powerful than any other actor,Derek was a wimp,but seemed almost destined to kill Kerman,who was prosecuting.Even Bogie,as much as the 2 attys nearly came to blows before the judge called them into chambers,didn't look so perfect as an atty.Derek may've been "Pretty Boy",but Macready sure caressed that scar to great affect.
"He's a weak, bad kid"
- Jeff Boston
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' performance is so heart-rending, a truly blessed actress, a shame she did not make more films.
Four Bogart Co-Stars
- Bruce Reber
"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
I hope this will be released on DVD for the senior citizens to enjoy.
- Elaine Josefowski
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.