Knock on Any Door | Chicago Reader

Knock on Any Door

Nicholas Ray wrestles with his social consciousness and loses in this drab 1949 drama about a slum punk (John Derek, of Bo fame) on trial for murder. Humphrey Bogart stands piously for the defense, begging the jury to blame society, not the boy. With George Macready and Allene Roberts; based on a book by novelist Willard Motley.



  • Nicholas Ray


  • Humphrey Bogart
  • John Derek
  • George Macready
  • Allene Roberts
  • Susan Perry
  • Mickey Knox
  • Barry Kelley
  • Dooley Wilson
  • Cara Williams
  • Jimmy Conlin


  • John Monks Jr.
  • Willard Motley
  • Daniel Taradash


  • Robert Lord

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