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No Way Out (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1950 (USA)
A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
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The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Sidney Poitier lied to director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and told him he was 27 years old, when actually he was only 22. See more »

Goofs

After Dr. Brooks retrieves the spinal tap tray from the cabinet and heads back to the ward where Ray and George Biddle are being treated, the shadow of the boom microphone can be briefly seen on the wall upper left on the screen. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Dan Wharton: We wanted to examine your ex-husband's body. To make sure he died from the causes we think he did. We're not permitted to without permission of the family.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: Well, what about Johnny's brothers?
Dr. Dan Wharton: They won't allow it.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: For cash they will.
Dr. Dan Wharton: I'm afraid not.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: For two bits they'd sell his eyeballs.
Dr. Dan Wharton: You're fond of them, I can see that.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: They're lovable.
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears without its familiar fanfare. Instead, the film's music theme begins when the logo is displayed. See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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Wow, what a knockout
4 March 2005 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This film really surprised me, as I wasn't expecting something so raw and tense from 1950. The leads are excellent - nobody chews the scenery, as would be expected. Darnell is particularly effective. Honestly, being the cynical person I am, I never would have expected such an excellent film.

How this made it past the Code, I'll never know. The language and drama are intense. 1950?????? Amazing. What a pleasure to see Ossie in an early role...he's already missed.

Frankly, I rarely recommend a film. What a great experience....check this flick out.


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