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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 <>

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Otto Preminger, Sol C. Siegel and Nunnally Johnson all wanted to produce the film, but studio head Darryl F. Zanuck produced it personally. See more »


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 »


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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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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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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