NOIR CITY 19: They Tried to Warn Us! NO WAY OUT
NO WAY OUT
1950, 20th CenturyFox [Disney]. 106 minutes
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Lesser Samuels
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Ray and Johnny Biddle, lowlife criminals, are wounded trying to rob a gas station. Rushed to the county hospital, they are treated by an African American resident, Dr. Luther Brooks (Sidney Poitier in his screen debut). Ray, a virulent racist (Richard Widmark at his most incendiary), refuses to be treated by a black man and accuses Dr. Brooks of murder when his brother dies. The incident touches off a firestorm that threatens to erupt into an all-out race war. In the middle is Johnny's ex-wife Edie (Linda Darnell), stuck between the ingrained racism of her "Beaver Canal" neighborhood and a growing awareness of a world beyond its confines. Widmark and Poitier give riveting performances, and Darnell quietly steals the show as a woman trying to escape her ignorant upbringing. The Oscar®-nominated screenplay pulls no punches in its squirm-inducing depiction of deep-rooted racism. Brace yourself for a powerful film that, sadly, is as relevant today as the day it was released.
CAST: Richard Widmark (Ray Biddle), Linda Darnell (Edie Johnson), Sidney Poitier (Dr. Luther Brooks), Stephen McNally (Dr. Dan Wharton), Stanley Ridges (Dr. Sam Moreland), Mildred Joanne Smith (Cora Brooks), Ozzie Davis (John Brooks), Ruby Dee (Connie Brooks), Harry Bellaver (George Biddle), Dots Johnson (Lefty Jones), Ian Wolfe (Watkins), Will Wright (Dr. Cheney), George Tyne (Whitey), Bert Freed (Rocky Miller)
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