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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:
Refreshingly uncool - Poitier and Widmark at their very best! 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:
In October 1949, Anne Baxter was announced as the female lead.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. 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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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Refreshingly uncool - Poitier and Widmark at their very best!, 23 July 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

I watched this film soon after having seen the dreadfully stupid (but almost universally praised) American History X. The comparison does not make you very optimistic as far as the development of movies with a social message is concerned.

No Way Out is a very good story about racism - maybe the best ever told on screen. It is mainly set in a hospital, where black and white doctors and nurses - among other things - patch up people who bashed each other's heads in in race riots. Sidney Poitier is a very young, upwardly mobile doctor with high ethic standards, Richard Widmark a nasty, racist piece of "white trash" from Beaver Canal who accuses the black doctor of having killed his brother while under his care. This sounds pretty plain, but the screenplay succeeds in giving the characters real personal traits, and the actors fully live up to their task.

I have never seen Sidney Poitier better than here - and this apparently was his first screen appearance! The young doctor is, on the one hand, angry because of the racially motivated humiliations he has to endure. On the other hand, the accusations of the white bigot really shake him badly. He is having serious doubts about his abilities as a doctor because of it, although he is sure he did the right thing. In my opinion it was very wise to introduce these self doubts which are not race related. It makes of Poitier's character a well intentioned conscientious individual many people without regard of race (or gender or religion or whatever) can relate to.

Richard Widmark as the black doctor's racist adversary gives an equally brilliant performance. We see him here at his slimiest, meanest. He really is pure hate - yet even his character is more than a stereotype. His hate is propelled by an encompassing self pity which is really nauseating! This becomes most evident in the dramatic final scene. "Little Black Simba!", he shouts again and again to the black doctor like a moron, and the stupid taunting gets more and more pathetic. Then, badly wounded, he dissolves into a whimpering bundle and the viewer comes to the conclusion that the worst punishment for that creature consists in just staying alive!

It is my opinion that the ever more persistent culture of coolness will not make the world a better or more desirable place to live in. Therefore I really was delighted to see that No Way Out is refreshingly uncool. It addresses social and philosophical issues in a down to earth way. Unforgettable to me is the conversation between the girl from Beaver Canal, the racist's brother's former wife, and the black servant of a white doctor, the boss of Sidney Poitier's character. The servant tells the girl that in her free time she likes to invite friends and cook elaborate meals for them. That is a lot of work you're doing in your free time, the girl remarks. To this the servant says: I like doing it, and it makes me feel I am somebody. Outdated? Corny? What do I care! The statement is still valid.

It should be noted that No Way Out is not a story of different groups of people pitted against each other but a story about individuals who have to find themselves in society and decide what stand they are taking towards civilisation. The movie states that civilisation and civilised behavior is not something you can take for granted and that it depends on the choice of every single human being.

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