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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 »
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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 »
User Reviews:
An Early Poitier Classic See more (49 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)
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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)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #14257) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
James Edwards was the first choice for the role of Dr. Luther.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: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 Cadillac or a foreigner.
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
An Early Poitier Classic, 9 September 2004
Author: Terence Allen from Atlanta, Georgia

This movie, even today, stands out as one of the best, and most honest of Hollywood films dealing racism and prejudice. Good friends Poitier and Widmark are anything but as they play, respectively, a hospital intern and a racist hoodlum. The scenes between them are can be hard to watch because of the raw, uncensored for the time slurs spouted by Widmark at Poitier. Widmark is not redeemed at the end, nor is the subject of racism mollycoddled. It is a tribute to this film that its' existence bear witness to the fact that Hollywood has long been capable of portraying some of life's most unpleasant realities. This film is a bright spot on the resumes of all involved, particularly Poitier, who plays someone who is human more than noble, and Widmark, who puts a realistic face on raw, naked bigotry.

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