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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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In the original version of the story Luther was hideously slaughtered, but Darryl F. Zanuck changed his mind because he believed that ending would leave the audience with a "feeling of utter futility." 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. Luther Brooks: There is a possiblity that I killed him. Isn't there?
Dr. Dan Wharton: Don't be a fool
Dr. Luther Brooks: That I was careless in the spinal tap. That his brother's Negro-bating got me down.
Dr. Dan Wharton: I don't want to ever here you say anything like that again... Your'e are a capable doctor. You were the doctor in charge. You did what you thought right and there's an end to it.
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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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Terrifically exciting, edge-of-your-seat
19 June 2000 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

I saw this on AMC a couple of years ago, and it knocked me over. Hey, there's a race riot scene, pretty realistic, and this is from 1950! Fabulous acting, great script, pulls you in like "On the Waterfront" does. It's hard to believe that the writer/director, Joseph Mankiewicz, was the same guy who made "Cleopatra". This one is worth seeking out.


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