Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Knock on Any Door (1949)

A solid if suddenly-preachy court melodrama...Bogart always rocks, although this time playing a lawyer (!), and it mostly designed as a vehicle for an adequate-but-not-amazing John Derek...although it does have one claim to fame: The origin of the oft-repeated "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse" line...Gets suddenly preachy at the end about how society is at fault for causing him to kill, but Bogart delivers the bad speech well, and the movie as a whole was pretty solid...

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