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A pioneering film about racial tensions, No Way Out stars Richard Widmark as a criminal named Ray Biddle, who despises African-Americans. Sidney Poitier (in his screen debut) is the black doctor, Luther Brooks, assigned to take care of the wounded Ray. Dr. Brooks, hired by the police hospital as part of an overall program to integrate the staff, keeps his temper in check as Ray spouts his racist invective. When Ray's brother, also wounded, dies in the hospital, the blustering bigot holds Dr. Brooks responsible and sends word to his gang to wreak vengeance on the city's black community. But the blacks turn the tables on the whites and fight them off. Ray then breaks out of the hospital with Dr. Brooks as hostage. His plans to kill the doctor are thwarted by Ray's girlfriend (Linda Darnell), who finally becomes fed up with his blind hatred. No Way Out was considered potent stuff in 1950; it was still regarded as a hot potato in 1962, when NBC dropped plans to telecast the film on "Saturday Night at the Movies." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 16, 1950

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lesser Samuels Best Story and Screenplay 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph L. Mankiewicz Best Story and Screenplay 1950 Nominee

Cast

Richard Widmark
as Ray Biddle
Linda Darnell
as Edie Johnson
Sidney Poitier
as Dr. Luther Brooks
Harry Bellaver
as George Biddle
Stanley Ridges
as Dr. Moreland
Dotts Johnson
as Lefty
Amanda Randolph
as Gladys
Bill Walker
as Mathew Tompkins
Ruby Dee
as Connie Brooks
Ossie Davis
as John Brooks
Ken Christy
as Kowalsky
George Tyne
as Whitey
Robert Adler
as Assistant Deputy
Bert Freed
as Rocky Miller
Jim Toney
as Deputy Sheriff
Maude Simmons
as Luther's mother
Ray Teal
as Day Deputy
Will Wright
as Dr. Cheney
Harry Lauter
as Orderly
Harry Carter
as Orderly
Don Kohler
as Orderly
Ray Hyke
as Orderly
Ernest Anderson
Eleanor Audley
Wade Dumas
as Jonah
Ralph Dunn
Fred Graham
as Ambulance Driver
Ralph Hodges
as Terry
Frank Jaquet
as Reilly
Doris Kemper
Victor Kilian
Jack Kruschen
as Man
Eda Reiss Merin
as Nurse
Howard Mitchell
as Bailiff
Ann Morrison
Kitty O'Neil
as Landlady
Frank Overton
as Intern
Dick Paxton
as Johnny Biddle
Phil Tully
Ann Tyrrell
as Nurse
Ruth Warren
Ruben Wendorf
Ian Wolfe
Laiola Wendorff
as Polish Couple
Ralph Hodges
as Terry
Ann Tyrrell
as Nurse
Kitty O'Neil
as Landlady
Howard Mitchell
as Bailiff
Fred Graham
as Ambulance Driver
Jack Kruschen
as Man
Wade Dumas
as Jonah
Dick Paxton
as Johnny Biddle
Eda Reiss Merin
as Nurse
Frank Overton
as Intern
Frank Jaquet
as Reilly

Crew

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Lesser Samuels
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
George W. Davis
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
William Travilla
Costume Designer
William Eckhardt
First Assistant Director
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