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Writers:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written by) and
Lesser Samuels (written by)
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Release Date:
16 August 1950 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Is it a question ...or an answer
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
User Reviews:
Solid entertainment. Can't wait for the DVD! See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Ray Biddle

Linda Darnell ... Edie Johnson - Mrs. John Biddle
Stephen McNally ... Dr. Dan Wharton

Sidney Poitier ... Dr. Luther Brooks
Mildred Joanne Smith ... Cora Brooks
Harry Bellaver ... George Biddle
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Sam Moreland
Dots Johnson ... Lefty Jones - Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Assistant Deputy (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Woman (uncredited)

Eleanor Audley ... Wife (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Woman (uncredited)

Betsy Blair ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Eileen Boyer ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Orderly (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Officer Ed Kowlaski (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Man (uncredited)

Ossie Davis ... John Brooks (uncredited)

Ruby Dee ... Connie Brooks (uncredited)
Wade Dumas ... Jonah (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Sam (uncredited)
Elzie Emanuel ... Student (uncredited)
Francine Everett ... (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Deputy (uncredited)

Bert Freed ... Rocky Miller - Beaver Canal Resident (uncredited)
Alyce Goering ... Woman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Wilson - Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Joe Hartman ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gil Herman ... Doctor (uncredited)
Don Hicks ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ralph Hodges ... Terry (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Orderly (uncredited)
Thomas Ingersoll ... Priest (uncredited)
Johnnie Jallings ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Mr. Reilly - Edie's Landlord (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Elderly Black Man (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... Intern (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ... Wife (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Father (uncredited)
Don Kohler ... Orderly (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... (uncredited)
Marie Lampe ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Orderly (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Doctor (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Woman (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Riley (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Nurse (uncredited)
Daniel Meyers ... Man (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Ann Morrison ... Nurse (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Frederick O'Neal ... (uncredited)
Kitty O'Neil ... Landlady (uncredited)

Frank Overton ... Intern (uncredited)
Dick Paxton ... Johnny Biddle (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Woman (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Woman (uncredited)
William Pullen ... Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
Amanda Randolph ... Gladys - Dr. Wharton's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Mac (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Doctor (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Mother (uncredited)
Maude Simmons ... Luther's Mother (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Joe (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Day Deputy in Hospital Prison Ward (uncredited)
Art Thompson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gertrude Tighe ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Sergeant (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Whitey (uncredited)
Ann Tyrrell ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Sam's Wife (uncredited)
William Washington ... Student (uncredited)
Duke Watson ... Gas Station Attendent (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Henry (uncredited)
Ruben Wendorf ... Polish Husband (uncredited)
Leola Wendorff ... Polish Wife (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Assistant (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Husband (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Watkins (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Dr. Cheney - Coroner (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
 
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written by) and
Lesser Samuels (written by)

Philip Yordan  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Casting by
William Gorder (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Stuart A. Reiss  (as Stuart Reiss)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Irene Brooks .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Rand .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
William Maybery .... associate casting director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Josephine Brown .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Valentine A. Becker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Benjamin Sacks .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
It was the idea of screenplay writer Philip Yordan to depict scenes showing the doctor's family inside their home.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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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Soundtrack:
Tiger RagSee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Solid entertainment. Can't wait for the DVD!, 28 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I heard a rumor that this was coming out on DVD in 2006. I hope it's true because this is a fascinating film. Actually, "shocking" might be a better word.

Bigotry is the main theme and there is no beating around the bush here. The "n- word" is used at least 20 times in this film in one form or another which is shocking to hear in a classic film. Richard Widmark plays the main bigot and he is fascinating to watch. Few people in his day could play the wild-eyed fanatical villain as well as he could (see "Kiss Of Death" for the best example).

This was Sidney Poiteir's screen debut and he looks about 16 years old! He looks too young to be a doctor even if he is portrayed as someone in their first year of practice. Anyway, with Widmark and Poitier, and a fine supporting cast with some famous names, you have a very, very interesting movie that is long overdue to be made available to the public.

To the film's credit, this shows bigotry on both sides: black and white, although it concentrates more on white against black. Linda Darnell plays perhaps the most interesting role because she is the one person who switches back and forth, unable most of the time to figure out what side to take! For those who remember the Naked City TV series, it's also fun to see Harry Bellaver in here, playing Widmark's deaf-mute brother.

This movie could easily be very dated.....but it isn't.

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