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No Way Out (Fox Film Noir)
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Nominated for the 1950 Oscar® for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, this intense drama about racial hatred pulls no punches. When a white patient in a hospital dies under the care of a black intern (Sidney Poitier), the victims racist brother (Richard Widmark) seeks to destroy the doctors career. Although the hospitals idealistic Chief Resident (Stephen McNally) tries to diffuse the escalating tension, the victims ex-wife (Linda Darnell) seems to go along with the vengeance-seekeruntil she realizes shes on the wrong side.
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Both Brooks and Biddle are from the same wrong side of town which sets up the core racial tensions. The long struggling, doctor's wife Cora Brooks (played believably by Mildred Joanne Smith) stands by her man in the worst of times. As the movie progresses the whole society is put on trial. Biddle schemes to start a race war from his prison hospital bed, by using his deaf mute brother George and former sister-in-law and paramour Edie Johnson (convincingly portrayed by Linda Darnell) to carry it out.
The movie is still good today because its underlying honesty, highly competent cast and writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz crafted an excellent artwork. It was a brave film because to examine these difficult issues in 1950 with a racially mixed cast in which blacks had major acting roles was in itself a pioneering effort. For all of these reason, the film earned my highest rating!
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In no way out, Richard Widmark puts in a great performance as a low life and a bigot. The viewer instantly dislikes him.Published on Nov. 15 2013 by A. Thomson
I am SUCH a big fan of Richard Widmark, he's my favorite actor, and SO underappreciated (Well,at least in my opinion)I'm thrilled this has finally been released on video because... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001