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No Way Out (1950)

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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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It was the idea of screenplay writer Philip Yordan to depict scenes showing the doctor's family inside their home. See more »

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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: How well do you know Ray Biddle?
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: Well enough, why?
Dr. Dan Wharton: You seemed concerned about him.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: Because I asked how he was? You ask that about a sick alley cat.
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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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In a Sentimental Mood
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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mann Curtis
Performed by Eddie Miller
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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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