Black Vs. White Noir Double Feature: Archival Print! NATIVE SON, 1951, Argentina Sono Films, 91 min. Richard Wright’s Native Son was a literary sensation when published, but the story delved into deep-seated racial issues that American movies were not prepared to face. South America had no such qualms, and in 1951 expatriate French director Pierre Chenal and Argentine producer Jaime Prades adapted the 1940 novel, with Buenos Aires standing in for Chicago.
Archival Print! NO WAY OUT, 1950, 20th Century Fox, 106 min. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. After a man dies while under the care of new black doctor Luther Brooks (Sidney Poitier in his feature debut), the patient’s racist brother (Richard Widmark) refuses to allow an autopsy that would prove the physician’s actions were justified. As tensions in the community escalate, Dr. Brooks gets his autopsy the only way he can - by giving himself up for murder.