No Way Out (1950)




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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."
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Richard Widmark
as Ray Biddle
Sidney Poitier
as Dr. Luther Brooks
Linda Darnell
as Edie Johnson
Stephen McNally
as Dr. Dan Wharton
Harry Bellaver
as George Biddle
Stanley Ridges
as Dr. Moreland
Bill Walker
as Mathew Tompkins
Ruby Dee
as Connie
Ken Christy
as Kowalski
George Tyne
as Whitey
Robert Adler
as Assistant Deputy
Bert Freed
as Rocky
Jim Toney
as Deputy Sheriff
Maude Simmons
as Luther's mother
Ray Teal
as Day Deputy
Will Wright
as Dr. Cheney
Eileen Boyer
as Telephone Operator
Johnnie Jallings
as Telephone Operator
Marie Lampe
as Telephone Operator
Gertrude Tighe
as Telephone Operator
Frank Jaquet
as Reilly
John Whitney
as Assistant
Charles Flynn
as Deputy
Kitty O'Neil
as Landlady
Wade Dumas
as Jonah
Fred Graham
as Ambulance Driver
William Pullen
as Ambulance Doctor
Dick Paxton
as Johnny Biddle
Stan Johnson
as Intern
Frank Overton
as Intern
Harry Lauter
as Orderly
Harry Carter
as Orderly
Don Kohler
as Orderly
Ray Hyke
as Orderly
Ann Tyrrell
as Nurse
Ruth Warren
as Sam's Wife
Davis Roberts
as Hoodlum
Ernest Anderson
as School Teacher
Victor Kilian
as Father
Mack Williams
as Husband
Laiola Wendorff
as Polish Couple
Phil Tully
as Sergeant
J. Louis Johnson
as Elderly Man
Ian Wolfe
as Watkins
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Critic Reviews for No Way Out

All Critics (6)

The pic that launched the career of Sidney Poitier.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sidney Poitier made a splsshy screen debut in Mankiewicz's Oscar-nominated liberal message film about racism.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013

Topnotch film noir

January 11, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

No Way Out borrows the template for socially conscious filmmaking from both Gentlemen's Agreement and Crossfire: it's half noir, half sermon.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
Slant Magazine

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Audience Reviews for No Way Out

While not an essential addition to Fox's sterling line of film noir titles, No Way Out is still an important footnote in the history of Hollywood's portrayals of racism. Unlike Crash.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Richard Widmark is a "Negro-Hater" who blames Sidney Poitier for his brother's death. Intense but stylized social commentary featuring a rather nice performance by Miss Linda Darnell.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A really good movie, it's both a serious drama focused on racism and the medical profession, and an exciting thriller with criminals. Poitier and Widmark give great performances.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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