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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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The poster art was done by Saul Bass. It is his first film credit. 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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Referenced in Backstory: Gentleman's Agreement (2001) See more »

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Tiger Rag
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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields (aka The Original Dixieland Jazz Band)
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still effective
15 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

A very effective and engrossing racial drama, with standout performances by Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark. Widmark, in particular, tears up the screen with his harrowing portrayal of a pathologically obsessed racist; he is almost frightening to watch. The script keeps the action moving along briskly, in edge-of-the seat mode. Still effective, for a film half-a-century old.


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