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Odd Man Out (1947)

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

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

F.L. Green (by), F.L. Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Johnny McQueen
Robert Newton ... Lukey
Cyril Cusack ... Pat
F.J. McCormick F.J. McCormick ... Shell
William Hartnell ... Fencie
Fay Compton ... Rosie
Denis O'Dea ... Inspector
W.G. Fay W.G. Fay ... Father Tom
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Theresa O'Brien
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Tober
Robert Beatty ... Dennis
Dan O'Herlihy ... Nolan
Kitty Kirwan Kitty Kirwan ... Grannie
Beryl Measor Beryl Measor ... Maudie
Roy Irving Roy Irving ... Murphy
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Storyline

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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An adventure in unbearable suspense !


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gang War See more »

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Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Rosie states that she read in a newspaper that Johnny had been shot before he got away, the time on her clock is about 7:15 p.m. The mill robbery happened at the stroke of 5:00 p.m. Nearly all of the businesses, including new stands, seen during the interim were closed (no lights on in the dark). No newsboys were seen on the street. Two hours seems insufficient time for a reporter to gather the facts, get back to the newspaper office, write the story, have it typeset and printed and distributed and read, especially at dinnertime. See more »

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Inspector: In my profession there is neither good nor bad. There is innocence and guilt. That's all.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This story is told against a background of political unrest in a city of Northern Ireland.

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Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
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Kafkaesque allegory about the limits of man's compassion
25 August 2003 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

It is the winter of 1946-47. Johnny McQueen (James Mason) is a revered leader of the Irish Republican Army in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recently escaped from prison, he plans to rob a mill to provide funds for the organization though his colleagues urge him not to be involved. Awarded Best British Film at the British Academy Awards and nominated for an Oscar for Best Editing, Odd Man Out, directed by Carol Reed (The Third Man), is the story of a botched robbery that leads to murder and the attempt of a seriously wounded man to elude capture. Pursued by "The Inspector" (Dennis O'Dea), Johnny is helped by Kathleen Sullivan (Kathleen Ryan), a young IRA woman who loves him and tries to smuggle him out of the city. He wanders helplessly in the dark streets and alleys of Belfast, buffeted by rain and snow, living in cellars with derelicts, constantly exposed to danger, looking more like a walking zombie than a revolutionary. The tone of the film is dark and Kafkaesque with its thin line between reality and nightmare.

Johnny is one of Mason's best roles especially during the early part of the film but he is submerged in the second half by a string of exaggerated supporting characters that include a demented painter Lukey (Robert Newton) who wants to paint his death mask, a priest (W.G. Fay) who wants to save his soul, sisters Rosie and Maudie (Fay Compton and Beryl Measor) who give him shelter but force him out, and con man Shell (F.J. McCormick) who wants to use him to make money. Odd Man Out is not a political film or even a suspense thriller but a surreal allegory of the limits of man's compassion. When Lukey looks at Johnny and says, "I understand what I see in him. The truth about us all", we can see ourselves -- running for our life, scared and alone, awaiting the encroaching night.


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