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Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  23 April 1947 (USA)
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A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Lukey
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Pat
F.J. McCormick ...
Shell
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Fencie
Fay Compton ...
Rosie
Denis O'Dea ...
Inspector
W.G. Fay ...
Father Tom
Maureen Delaney ...
Theresa O'Brien
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
Tober
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Dennis
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Nolan
Kitty Kirwan ...
Grannie
Beryl Measor ...
Maudie
Roy Irving ...
Murphy
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Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go sour: Johnny is wounded, cannot make it back to the hideout, and disappears in the back-alleys of Belfast. Immediately, a large-scale man-hunt is launched, and the city is tightly covered by the constabulary, whose chief is intent on capturing Johnny and the other members of the gang. Kathleen sets out in search of Johnny. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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The framed print hanging on the wall in Father Tom's foyer, just off the vestry is entitled Ecce Homo by Rembrandt van Rijn. Father Tom must have been quite an art lover. Above his fireplace hung a print of The Angel's Head from the (London, National Gallery) Virgin of the Rocks, painted 1506-08, by Leonardo da Vinci, not to be confused with (Louvre) Virgin of the Rocks, painted 1482-03, also by Leonardo da Vinci. See more »

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When Johnny's three friends are fleeing the police, they run into a little square with a grocer's shop. The shop and the windows above it are lit up. As they run past it, a blind in the left-hand upper window is pulled down. Later, when Dennis tries to draw the police away from Johnny, he runs past the same shop. It can be seen that the blind is now back up again. See more »

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Lukey: [about painting a portrait of the wounded Johnny McQueen] There's something to be said about him before he dies.
Tober: And about all of us.
Lukey: I understand what I see in him.
Tober: What is it?
Lukey: It's the truth about us all.
Tober: Is that all?
Lukey: He's doomed.
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Charity
30 October 2003 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

I felt compelled to respond to a point made by zetes below:

"He delivers a speech from the Bible late in the film, in what I would call the film's least successful scene, but its meaning in the film seemed obscure to me."

The passage, as John Simpson below has pointed out, is from Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians, on the supremacy of love. If I have not love, Paul says, I am nothing. In the King James version, however, the word was not love, but charity.

As I remember, McQueen stumbles through Belfast at the mercy of everyone who finds him. Some take advantage of him, others try to help him, but everyone has his own interests at heart. Those who try to help him always change their mind in the end, and send him back out into the street. When McQueen sees the image or ghost of his priest, he asks him, 'What was that you used to tell us? "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."'

Perhaps this is a bit too obvious, but it announces the theme of the film. It's precisely what everyone has lacked. One could object to the fact that McQueen is a terrorist, but Paul (and Jesus) would not acknowledge the question of who deserves and who doesn't deserve this love/charity. It's not selective.

Many years later, Neil Jordan must have had this scene in mind when he filmed "The Crying Game." In an early scene, on the night before they are to execute Jody (Forest Whitaker), Jody asks Fergus (Stephen Rea) to tell him something, anything, to comfort him. Fergus thinks for a bit, and then says, "When I was a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man I put away childish things..." When Jody asks him what that means, Fergus says, "Nothing." Once again, Jody asks him to tell him something, anything at all. Fergus stays silent, unable to think of anything, his eyes welling up with tears. The scene ends with this heartbreaking bit of dialogue:

JODY: Not a lot of use, are you, Fergus? FERGUS: Me? No, I'm not good for much...

They're both excellent films, with an intelligence and emotional honesty one doesn't often see.


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