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Overview

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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:
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
User Reviews:
Linda Darnell Deserved Best Supporting Actress Nod 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:
Otto Preminger, Sol C. Siegel and Nunnally Johnson all wanted to produce the film, but studio head Darryl F. Zanuck produced it personally.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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Soundtrack:
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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Linda Darnell Deserved Best Supporting Actress Nod, 30 August 2005
Author: ELSPENCE from Brooklyn, NY

A lot has been praise has been deservedly given on this site to Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark. I'd just like to give a few words of praise to Linda Darnell. She was an actress--usually dismissed as "ornamental" or "decorative"--who really did show little range in her Hollywood career, much of which was past her by the time she did this in 1950. Various sources give her birthdate as either 1921 or 1923, but whatever the case, she had been acting in movies since she was a teenager. Here--at either age 27 or 29--she gives a moving, sincere, deglamorized portrait of a confused woman. At first she wants to do right, then she does wrong by fomenting a race riot, then--realizing her mistake--tries to set things right again. And does it.

I think that she probably represents the average viewer of the period who did not quite know what to do about racial issues (as if we do today). Not naturally racist, she gives into Widmark after he wickedly questions her about views on blacks, making her turn to what she had probably always been taught.

Had Darnell been given the chance to give any more performances like this, she would probably have had a longer, more substantial career.

Why the Academy didn't notice her is a mystery, especially after giving a Best Supporting Actress nomination to Nancy (WHO?) Olson in the same year.

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