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Movie-A-Day #51: No Way Out (1950).

February 20, 2011

The fabulous Sidney Poitier turns 84 today. Any number of his films would serve as a fitting tribute to him, as well as to Black History Month. But if you can, it’s worth seeking out his first feature, “No Way Out.” This story about a black doctor (Poitier) who treats a bigoted white criminal (Richard Widmark) not only delivers a powerful racial message, but it also marks the screen debuts of Poitier, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. This one’s a landmark.

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