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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 »
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(12 articles)
User Reviews:
Intelligent, Groundbreaking Film 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)

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 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 »
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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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent, Groundbreaking Film, 20 March 2005
Author: dragoneyez01 from USA

After watching this film on television a couple weeks ago (TMC is the best), I was surprised how obscure 'No Way Out' really is. However, I wasn't exactly surprised.

The film follows Dr. Brooks (Sidney Poitier), an ER doctor whose first real-world experience is as intern in the prison ward of a New York hospital. While on duty, the brothers Biddle (the older of which is played by Richard Widmark), come in following a confrontation with the police. Both suffer from superficial injuries, but the younger brother's health is declining rapidly due to what Brooks diagnoses as a brain tumor. The kid dies while Brooks is operating, feet away from his brother. The racist Ray Biddle soon accuses Brooks of murder, but won't allow an autopsy to be conducted on his brother to determine the cause of death.

Poitier turns in a great performance as the hard-working young doctor, who is debased by the hollow accusations of a bigot. They dig at his core and bring up insecurities that would be common to anyone in the medical field, but are aggravated by the pure hatred of Widmark's equally well-played character.

While the script borders on stereotypes at times, you have to remember that these stereotypes were very real during the time it was written. The writer does a fantastic job of adding depth, personality, beyond the paper figures. Brooks is a practical man, who supports his family and tries to not let the circumstances bring him down. Behind the veneer of hatred, Biddle is a deeply insecure and misguided man who has let circumstance blacken his core. Mankiewicz and Samuels do an amazing job at bringing life to a situation that was taboo for the time.

Aside from the competent acting and well-executed script, the film featured a moving and well-choreographed race riot that fully captures the raw hatred that can surface between groups of people who face the same everyday problems and circumstances, but are torn by one difference (color, or creed, or religion).

This is definitely a film well worth seeing. For its time, the movie was groundbreaking for its portrayal of both racists and their victims. While today the movie may seem tame, it undoubtedly struck some sensitive nerves during its release. The film deserves to be more widely known, if only for its content.

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