Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

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This week’s mystery movie was the 1950 Twentieth Century-Fox Film No Way Out, with Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier, Mildred Joanne Smith, Harry Bellaver, Stanley Ridges and Dots Johnson.

harrisonsreports32harr_0139Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Lesser Samuels.

Music by Alfred Newman. Orchestration by Edward Powell.

Photography by Milton Krasner.

Art direction by Lyle Wheeler and George W. Davis. Set decoration by Thomas Little and Stuart Reiss. Edited by Barbara McLean. Wardrobe by Charles Le Maire. Costumes designed by Travilla. Makeup by Ben Nye. Photographic effects by Fred Sersen. Sound by Bernard Freericks and Roger Heman.

Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

No Way Out is available for streaming from Amazon.

The history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.

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B.J. Merholz writes:

Peter was about ten when he was offered a free math course by a major corporation. Julie would take him to the building and wait in the VW Bug for his return. He enjoyed the class, but was disappointed that due an oversubscribed class, he didn’t get his own computer station. He told us that he had a nice partner, and that it was good for the partner because he needed help with the programs.

When Peter came to the car after the last class, he told Julie that his partner Sidney wanted to meet her. Then this really tall kid bent down under the car roof and Sidney Poitier told Julie how much Peter had helped him get through the class. But then he wasn’t there on a scholarship.

This led me to notice, as time went on, how often Poitier took classes and pursued knowledge. Maybe that’s the secret to a long life.

I saw No Way Out in 1950 at the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway and was, of course, blown away by its raw depiction of racism. In all the deserved accolades directed Poitier’s way this week, I missed the recognition due to Hollywood men like Joe Mankiewicz and Darryl Zanuck for creating the opportunities for Poitier to shine.

No Bosley Crowther review, interestingly enough. The film was reviewed (Aug. 17, 1950) by the mysterious T.M.P., possibly Thomas M. Pryor.

A violent, melodramatic study of radial prejudice, centering on a young Negro doctor, was presented by Twentieth Century-Fox yesterday at the Rivoli Theatre. Darryl F. Zanuck, production chief of the studio, has put his personal signature to No Way Out, which was written by Joseph Mankiewicz and Lesser Samuels and directed by Mr. Mankiewicz. Producer Zanuck and his associates throw their punches hard and fast in this blunt exposition of anti-Negro feelings. While No Way Out does not probe causes deeply or offer any prescription for a world of better understanding, it drives home what it has to say in forceful cinematic fashion which alternately shocked an early morning audience into stunned silent and inspired frequent applause…..

…. Although its aim is not always as good as its intentions, No Way Out is a harsh, outspoken picture with implications that will keep you thinking about it long after leaving the theater. That makes No Way Out an important picture.

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For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mildred Joanne Smith.

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For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

For Friday, adding our main mystery guest.

Update: This is Sidney Poitier, left, and Dots Johnson.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman).

Note: The spam filter was aggressive this time, with Howard, Jenny M. and Robert Morrissey ending up in the junk folder. Thanks for your understanding!

Jan. 12, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, we have a mystery man.

Update: This is Stephen McNally.

Jan. 12, 2022, Mystery Photo

We also have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Amanda Randolph.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery elevator operator), Tucson Barbara (Tuesday’s mystery elevator operator), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, mystery director and all mystery guests, plus mystery companion cropped out due to lack of mysteriousness), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery elevator operator and mysterious companion cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery woman),  Michael Lott (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery elevator operator) and Funky PhD (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

And today’s award for persistence despite being stuck in the spam filter goes to B.J. Merholz, Sheila, Sylvia E., Mike Hawks, Michael Lott and especially Beach Gal. Thanks for your patience!

Jan. 13, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Ruby Dee.

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We also have a mysterious gentleman.

Update: This is Ossie Davis, center.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests and mysterious guy cropped out due to lack of mysteriousness), Beach Gal (evading the spam filter! Wednesday’s mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Robert Morrissey (Wednesday’s mystery guests), David Inman (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Thom and Megan (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie, mystery guests and mysterious elbow!) and Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Today’s spam filter victims: L.C. and Patrick. Thanks for your patience.

Jan. 14, 2022, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Linda Darnell.

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We also have this mystery gent.

Update: This is Richard Widmark in full psycho mode, with Linda Darnell.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie, all mystery guests, and predicting Friday’s mystery guests), Robert Morrissey (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests, predicting Friday’s mystery guests), Mark G. (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Benito (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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65 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in NO WAY OUT (1950).

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  2. tucsonbarbara says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in “No Way Out”

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  3. Jenny M says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in No Way Out (1950).

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  4. Robert Morrissey says:

    That’s Mildred Joanne Smith, in the 1950 film No Way Out. She played Sidney Poitier’s wife Cora.

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  5. aryedirect says:

    It is Maidie Norman in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’. She saved the day.

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  6. aryedirect says:

    It is Madie Norman in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’. Maidie saved the day.

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  7. Earl Boebert says:

    Sheila Guyse, perhaps?

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  8. Michael Lott says:

    Monday – she looks like Abbey Lincoln, don’t know the movie…

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  9. Megan and Thom says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in No Way Out.

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  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith and NO WAY OUT.

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  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Dots Johnson.

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  12. tucsonbarbara says:

    Dots Johnson

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  13. Sylvia E. says:

    “No Way Out” 1950 directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Monday – Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tuesday – Dots Johnson w/Sidney Poitier to left (cropped for lack of mysteriousness.)

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  14. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Are we doing No Way Out (1950) this week?

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  15. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Sidney Poitier, Dots Johnson.

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  16. mike hawks says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in NO WAY OUT 1950.

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  17. mike hawks says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith in NO WAY OUT.

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  18. beachgal says:

    Our movie is No Way Out (1950)
    Monday – Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tue – Dots Johnson

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  19. beachgal says:

    Our film is No Way Out (1950)
    Monday is Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tues is Dots Johnson

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  20. beachgal says:

    I think my responses keep going to spam filter as they disappear.

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  21. beachgal says:

    Our film is No Way Out (1950)
    Monday – Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tues – Dots Johnson

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  22. beachgal says:

    Movie is No Way Out (1950)
    Monday Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tues Dots Johnson

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  23. Sheila says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith, ‘No Way Out’?

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  24. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Mildred Joanne Smith in “No Way Out.” On Tuesday: Dots Johnson.

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  25. Gary says:

    Is this No Way Out with Mildred Joanne Smith?

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  26. beachgal says:

    Tues cropped out companion on elevator next to Dots Johnson is Sidney Poitier

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  27. Robert Morrissey says:

    Tuesday’s screen shot is of Dots Johnson, also from No Way Out.

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  28. funkyphd says:

    Monday’s mystery woman is Mildred Joanne Smith, which makes this No Way Out, with Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark. I think Tuesday’s mystery gentleman is Dots Johnson.

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  29. beachgal says:

    Our film is No Way Out (1950)
    Monday – Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tues – Dots Johnson
    (Hope this response doesn’t go to Spam)

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  30. beachgal says:

    Darn! Seems my post just won’t apoear. Let me try again.
    This week we have No Way Out (1950)
    Monday – Mildred Joanne Smith
    Tues – Dots Johnson

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  31. tucsonbarbara says:

    Stephen McNally, Amanda Randolph

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  32. Mary Mallory says:

    Stephen McNally and Amanda Randolph.

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  33. beachgal says:

    Wed frame #1 is Stephen McNally
    Wed frame #2 Amanda Randolph

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  34. LC says:

    No Way Out (1950) w/Sidney Poitier, Mildred Joanne Smith, Richard Widmark, Stephen McNally, Linda Darnell, Ossie Davis, Amanda Randolph,

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  35. mike hawks says:

    Stephen McNally and Amanda Randolph in NO WAY OUT.

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  36. Robert Morrissey says:

    ….from the same film: Steven McNally and Amanda Randolph.

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  37. David Inman says:

    Amanda Randolph and Stephen McNally today, making this “No Way Out” with the recently deceased Sidney Poitier.

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  38. Sylvia E. says:

    Wednesday
    Stephen McNally
    Amanda Randolph (pre-Make Room for Daddy)

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  39. Thom and Megan says:

    Tuesday’s actor is Dots Johnson. Today’s actors are Stephen McNally and Amanda Randolph.

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  40. Mary Mallory says:

    Sidney Poitier out of frame in Tuesday photo.

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  41. Patrick says:

    Mildred Joanne Smith, Dots Johnson, Sidney Poitier’s left elbow, Stephen McNally and Amanda Randolph in No Way Out from 1950. I first saw this film in a cinema class in college. The scenes between Poitier and Widmark were riveting.

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  42. Chrisbo says:

    Ethel Waters Wednesday?

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  43. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Steven McNally and Amanda Randolph

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  44. Mary Mallory says:

    Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis today.

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  45. beachgal says:

    Thurs #1 – Ruby Dee
    Thurs #2 – Ossie Davis

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  46. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis

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  47. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Wednesday: Stephen McNally; Amanda Randolph
    Thursday: Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis

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  48. mike hawks says:

    Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

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  49. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Monday: Mildred Joanne Smith – Tuesday: Dots Johnson – Wednesday: Stephen McNally and Amanda Randolph – Thursday: Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis – Mystery Movie: No Way Out (1950) – Friday (?): Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell, and Richard Widmark

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  50. Robert Morrissey says:

    ….and also from No Way Out, Ruby Dee and her real-life husband, Ossie Davis.

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  51. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

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  52. Sylvia E. says:

    I think I know the tall man screen left. Will do some hunting.

    That leaves Richard Whitmark, Linda Darnell and a full image of Sidney Poitier.

    Good choice and salute. Look forward to your Saturday breakdown.

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  53. Mark G. says:

    Is Thursday’s gentleman Ossie Davis?

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  54. Benito says:

    Stephen McNally, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (aka JFK in BUBBA HO-TEP) this week

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  55. Mary Mallory says:

    Sidney Poitier who I already had on Tuesday, Linda Darnell and Richard Widmark today.

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  56. tucsonbarbara says:

    Friday – Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell, Richard Widmark

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  57. beachgal says:

    Oh Tues shot – Friday reveal of Sidney Poitier
    For Fri #1 – Linda Darnell
    Fri #2 – Richard Whitmark

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  58. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Linda Darnell, Richard Widmark.

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  59. mike hawks says:

    Linda Darnell and Richard Widmark.

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