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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
Robert Adler
as Assistant Deputy
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
John Whitney
as Assistant
Kitty O'Neil
as Landlady
Fred Graham
as Ambulance Driver
William Pullen
as Ambulance Doctor
Dick Paxton
as Johnny Biddle
Harry Lauter
as Orderly
Harry Carter
as Orderly
Don Kohler
as Orderly
Ray Hyke
as Orderly
Ruth Warren
as Sam's Wife
Ernie Anderson
as School Teacher
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 (12) | Top Critics (1)

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

March 9, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you like your movies grim, you'll certainly enjoy this one. Personally, I don't think I want to see another "problem" film for a long while.

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

Darryl F. Zanuck is to be congratulated for his intentions in making such a movie although his methods do leave something to be desired.

July 7, 2021 | Full Review…

I could not write any further in this review without citing the splendid and breath-taking dramatic work of Sidney Poitier.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The violence of its climax is a bit too wild-eyed to sustain full belief in its sober message, but in other respects this is one of the best (and certainly the most plainspoken) of the films...

October 18, 2019 | Full Review…

What begins in the confines of a hospital soon spills out into the town.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No Way Out

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


Three top performances by the leads and a provocative topic make this a very worthwhile viewing experience.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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