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Knock on Any Door [Region 2]


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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts, Candy Toxton
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Producers: Knock on Any Door
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 100.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ANX5R6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him. After he lost his paycheck gambling, hoping to buy his wife some jewelry, she announced she was pregnant, Later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he's caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Morton's appeal to the court emphasizes the evils of the slums. ...Knock on Any Door

Customer Reviews

This affected the family adversely.
Acute Observer
Convinced that his client is innocent, Morton explains to the jurors how he met the young man.
Daniel S.
Unfortunately this well intentioned movie doesn't quite make it.
Cory D. Slipman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on June 22, 2008
Format: DVD
****1/2 1949. Based on Willard Motley's Knock on Any Door, produced by Humphrey Bogart's production company and directed by Nicholas Ray. Andrew Morton accepts to take charge of Nick Romanos' defense. Romano is accused of having murdered a policeman. Convinced that his client is innocent, Morton explains to the jurors how he met the young man. Nicholas Ray handles here two of his favorite themes one will often discern in his filmography: firstly the innocence of youth, a theme found in the way Morton defends Nick Romano, the cinematic brother of THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT's hero and of the James Dean of Rebel Without a Cause (Two-Disc Special Edition). When he pleads not guilty, Morton tries to show the frailty of the accusation's evidences and when he finally pleads guilty, he'll point up the responsibility of the society in front of Nick Romano's behaviour. Also note the theme of the staunched violence of Andrew Morton, a violence that will explode one year later through the character of Dixon Steele, the hero of In a Lonely Place. Highly recommended.

If you are a Nicholas Ray completist and if you own a multizone DVD player, this Spanish DVD release could be the good choice for you. The copy is near perfect, image and sound. No special bonus but optional Portuguese subtitles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
Cover art on this GOODTIMES release of the 1949 crime drama KNOCK ON ANY DOOR proclaims it as "Bogart at his best."

Unfortunately, this product is not VHS at its best, for in their day the GOODTIMES folks issued non-HiFi tapes recorded at the inferior LP speed, which means both sound and picture are of a degraded quality.

As of 10/09, KNOCK ON ANY DOOR was not available on DVD, therefore the VHS to get is THIS OFFICIAL STUDIO RELEASE. It's recorded in SP mode and has a HiFi audio track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl Ericsson on March 26, 2011
Format: DVD
great film - terrible dvd. that's just about it. just wanted to warn all you folks out there about this bad release of a good film. only the sound was OK, almost.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henning Sebastian Jahre on July 12, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this years ago and was spellbound... Bogart and John Derek(Sinatra badly wanted the role but was thought too old)are at their best.... It really is in the same vein as Rebel without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, My Own Private Idaho.... films about young people-coming-of-age and the problems the grown ups/the system/society does to individuals that not quite follow the stream.... It is a must-see because of these ingredients and that is was one of first of its kind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
Format: VHS Tape
"Knock on any Door" is a 1949 black and white crime drama starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by Nicholas Ray. It was based on the best-selling 1949 novel by Willard Morley.

Little need be said about Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957). In the 30s, Bogart played second fiddle to Warner's biggest stars James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson, but in 1941 Bogart starred in "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon" and from that point onward, Bogart became a big name star, eventually surpassing both of them in 1943 on the tail of his performance in "Casablanca". Bogart plays a successful lawyer who raised himself up from the slums, defending a young hoodlum.

John Derek (1926-98) plays "Pretty Boy" (in his film debut), a young hoodlum accused of murdering a cop. Derek appeared in more than 40 films between 1943 and 1966, none very memorable. He's best known for his choice of wives, who included Ursala Andress, Linda Evans, and Bo Derek.

FWIW - Derek echoes the phrase `Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse" which became a classic.

George Macready (1899-1973) appears as the DA. He was an excellent character actor, appeared in nearly 100 films and was active on TV. He was often cast as an aristocratic villain because of his cultured accent, and the scar on his face was often used to this advantage. He had memorable roles in "Gilda" (1946), "Tora, Tora, Tora" (1970), and "Seven Days in May" (1964), but my personal favorite was his role as French General Mireau in "Paths of Glory" (1957).

Director Nicholas Ray (1911-79) is best known for "Rebel Without a Cause" (1956) for which he received an Oscar nomination (winner Delbert Mann for "Marty").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans V. Summers on October 6, 2008
Format: DVD
I have a soft spot in my heart for this film being that as a child it was my first exposure to Humphrey Bogart. It is an adaptation of the book Knock on Any Door by Willard Motley. His first novel deals with all races and nationalities in his story of the poor. The picture is also notable for introducing John Derek.

For some reason this film has not been released in DVD form in the US. In addition to the original English language release, very good print, you can watch this film dubbed into Spanish. Its amusing hearing the foreign actor dubbing Bogie's lines into Spanish with a lisp
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on July 1, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
"Knock on Any Door" (Columbia 1949), a combination courtroom drama and delinquent youth social statement, was Nicholas Ray's directorial debut. Humphrey Bogart plays lawyer Andrew Morton, one time street tough turned idealistic lawyer. Bogart's independent production company made the film shortly after he broke away from Warner Brothers. Bogart's part was originally intended for Marlon Brando, but Brando withdrew after the death of producer Mark Hellinger.

On the verge of becoming a partner in his big-time law firm, Morton is yanked out of his ivory tower and into the past by the need to defend accused murderer Pretty Boy Romano (John Derek), who he attempted to help when Romano was a petty teenage criminal. This is told in flashbacks with Romano repeating his credo: "live fast, die young, and have a good looking corpse". Probably the first film use of what has become a very tired expression. Morton carries a lot of guilty baggage into the trial. He blames himself for the imprisonment of Romano's father, an event that plunged the family into poverty and led to Romano's life of crime. Through the years he had tried to help Romano who had married a nice girl and attempted to go straight. But setbacks at work returned Romano to crime. Then his pregnant wife's suicide unhinged him and he killed a cop.

The "Knock on Any Door" expression refers to Morton's plea for leniency during the trial, as he blames the conditions in the slums and the effects of poverty for Romano's actions. Stating that behind any door are young men whose lives will be wasted unless they receive guidance and are assisted in becoming productive citizens.

"Knock on Any Door" provides a nice example of the unpredictability inherit in the film making business.
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