Race riot hysteria is the theme of the original script. Story is told with words rather than action. There is one brief sequence of rioting, but that doesn't come until after 60-odd minutes of dialog buildup.
Race riot hysteria is the theme of the original script. Story is told with words rather than action. There is one brief sequence of rioting, but that doesn’t come until after 60-odd minutes of dialog buildup.
The racial question is forceably raised when two hoodlum brothers are brought into the prison ward injured in a gunfight. The Negro doctor takes over and one of the brothers dies during examination. The other brother, slum-bred with all the prejudices of such an environment, charges the doctor with murder. Equally prejudiced, a group of Negroes turn on the hoods.
Richard Widmark’s work as the vindictive brother is exaggerated just enough. Stephen McNally does compelling work. Sidney Poitier is splendid.
1950: Nomination: Best Story & Screenplay
No Way Out
20th Century-Fox. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Producer Darryl F. Zanuck; Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Lesser Samuels; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Barbara McLean; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 106 MIN.
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