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No Way Out (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1950 (USA)
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A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Ray Biddle
Linda Darnell ... Edie Johnson
Stephen McNally ... Dr. Dan Wharton
Sidney Poitier ... Dr. Luther Brooks
Mildred Joanne Smith Mildred Joanne Smith ... Cora Brooks
Harry Bellaver ... George Biddle
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Sam Moreland
Dots Johnson Dots Johnson ... Lefty Jones
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Storyline

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

September 1950 (USA) See more »

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Der Haß ist blind See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Sidney Poitier's salary was seven thousand five hundred dollars. See more »

Goofs

After Dr. Brooks retrieves the spinal tap tray from the cabinet and heads back to the ward where Ray and John 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: 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: 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: 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 ...
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears without its familiar fanfare. Instead, the film's music theme begins when the logo is displayed. See more »

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Referenced in Biography: Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1999) See more »

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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish and Irving Mills
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Tense Racial Drama
2 November 1998 | by CaroseliSee all my reviews

Although "No Way Out" looks a little dated in comparison to more recent racial dramas, such as "Mississippi Burning," "No Way Out" is still a very tense DRAMA. Poitier (in his first film role) gives a truly break-out performance, but it's Widmark who really steals the show. The riot scenes are beautifully choreographed, lending serious mood to the action.


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