No Way Out. 1950. USA. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell. 106 min.
This taut, nail-biting noir was one of the first Hollywood features to confront the reality of anti-black racism in America. Poitier, in an auspicious and compelling screen debut, stars as the idealistic Dr. Luther Brooks, who is terrorized by a racist psychopath (Widmark) after the man’s brother dies in the doctor’s care. Courtesy Criterion Pictures. 35mm.