Knock on Any Door
Shown by LH on or about November 14th 2013
This is the film chosen by Les Hall to show at our inaugural event at Glyde House in November. He gave a great introduction, thanks Les, and yes this really is one of those films I would not have seen otherwise and now I'm glad did.
The court-room drama that brought John Derek to fame. Humphrey Bogart plays the lawyer with a shady past who takes on the impossible task of keeping a wayward youth from the electric chair. He convincingly proves that society is to blame; but society still want their scapegoat. Actually I would argue that he didn't do it but no-one seems to agree … I'll have to watch it again :-)
This is one of the earliest of several 50s films about the dissatisfaction and alienation of youth, a few years ahead of The Wild One
or Rebel Without a Cause
. John Derek was possibly even prettier than Marlon Brando or James Dean but missed out on the same kind of stardom.