East Side/West Side: Season 1, Episode 10

No Hiding Place (2 Dec. 1963)

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An upwardly mobile black family moves into a previously all-white neighborhood in suburban Long Island, New York. Chuck and Anne Severson, who are Neil's friends, at first welcome them to ... See full summary »

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An upwardly mobile black family moves into a previously all-white neighborhood in suburban Long Island, New York. Chuck and Anne Severson, who are Neil's friends, at first welcome them to the neighborhood, even though some of their friends and neighbors don't want the black family there. However, when local real estate agents start "blockbusting"--the practice of scaring white homeowners into selling their homes for less than they're worth by raising the prospect of more blacks moving into the neighborhood and lowering property values, then selling the homes at vastly inflated prices to those same black families--Chuck and Anne must decide whether their stand against racism is worth losing the investment they have in their home. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This episode caused a controversy when CBS cut out a scene showing white star George C. Scott dancing with black guest-star Ruby Dee, in order not to offend its affiliates in the South, which was strictly segregated at the time. Scott loudly and publicly blasted CBS for its action, calling the network "cowards". See more »

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No Hiding Place is a compelling episode of East Side/West Side
13 September 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

"East Side/West Side" was a television drama series from the early '60s that dared to tackle controversial issues at a time when most of network TV was escapism. George C. Scott, every week, played a social worker that got involved in various issues that effected society as it was then. Cicely Tyson was one of his assistants. This episode, "No Hiding Place" concerned the moving of a black family in a white neighborhood and the effects of them there. Lots of complex characterizations concerning the white next door neighbors played by Joseph Campanella and Lois Nettleton abound. They're the most interesting characters depicted here. Also appearing are Paul Dooley as one of the disgruntled neighbors, Constance Ford as another one, Ruby Dee as the black female neighbor, and Earle Hyman, best known as Cliff Huxtable's father on "The Cosby Show", as her husband. Very compelling depiction of the times as it was then and possibly a good lesson today on what constitutes as acceptable behavior or attitude to anyone wondering. I'm glad I saw this on Net Nights section of the site From the Archives. I do wish, however, that it didn't cut off just as Hyman was doing his speech at the end...


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