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No Way Out (1950)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  16 August 1950 (USA)
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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 »

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Dr. Dan Wharton: My point is you got out.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: Five blocks away.
Dr. Dan Wharton: Five million blocks, what's the difference? You hate Beaver Canal; you hate what it stands for.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: You talk like I was a poet or a professor. I found open a manhole and I crawled out of a sewer, wouldn't anybody?
Dr. Dan Wharton: Ray Biddle wouldn't. He likes Beaver Canal; he likes what it stands for.
Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle: I don't even know what that means: "stands for"? There's no difference in people except the size of their tips. A drunk is a drunk and a pass is a pass if it comes from a ...
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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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Tense Racial Drama
2 November 1998 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

Although "No Way Out" looks a little dated in comparison to more recent racial dramas, such as "Mississippi Burning," "No Way Out" is still a very tense DRAMA. Poitier (in his first film role) gives a truly break-out performance, but it's Widmark who really steals the show. The riot scenes are beautifully choreographed, lending serious mood to the action.


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