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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | November 1959 (USA)
Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

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Robert Wise

Writers:

William P. McGivern (novel), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Johnny Ingram
Robert Ryan ... Earle Slater
Shelley Winters ... Lorry
Ed Begley ... Dave Burke
Gloria Grahame ... Helen
Will Kuluva ... Bacco
Kim Hamilton ... Ruth Ingram
Mae Barnes ... Annie
Richard Bright ... Coco
Carmen De Lavallade ... Kitty
Lew Gallo ... Moriarty
Lois Thorne Lois Thorne ... Eadie Ingram
Wayne Rogers ... Soldier in Bar
Zohra Lampert ... Girl in Bar
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Melton Police Chief
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Storyline

Dave Burke is looking to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid: Earle Slater, a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram, a black gambler. Both are reluctant; but Burke arranges for Ingram's creditors to put pressure on him, while Slater feels humiliated by his failure to provide for his girlfriend; they eventually accept. But Slater loathes and despises blacks, and the tensions in the gang rapidly mount. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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He knew where $50,000 lay begging to be STOLEN! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Odds Against Tomorrow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HarBel Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French director Jean-Pierre Melville credited this film with being a formative influence on his work and made references to it in his films. See more »

Goofs

Ryan and Begley in car enroute to case the place which they plan to rob, are seen going southbound on NYC's Harlem River Drive towards Manhattan. In next scene, Begley says to Ryan, "...it's about 100 miles up the Hudson..." They are going in the wrong direction for upstate NY. See more »

Quotes

Earl Slater: I'm off to make my fortune.
Lorry: Aah... what kind of a fortune?
Earl Slater: Just one of those... fortune fortunes.
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Featured in Classified X (1998) See more »

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My Baby's Not Around
Written by Harry Belafonte and Milton Okun
Performed by Harry Belafonte
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Good B-movie Noir.
16 May 2004 | by Nic_hseSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite noir films. I don't like the ending much but I do like everything else.

I have to disagree with an earlier reviewer who said the bank job failed due to luck instead of a poorly thought out or executed plan. The job failed for one reason. Earl Slater. Slater didn't give Ingram the keys to the getaway's car. Think about it. Ingram was wisely selected by Burke to get the car after the heist for a reason. Ingram was the only one of the three who could leave the bank and not arouse much attention. He was dressed in a waiter uniform and the waiter had a reason (delivering coffee) for going to the bank after hours. The plan fell apart when the cop saw Burke come out of the bank. He didn't have a good reason for being in the bank at night and he was dressed like a hunter. This also leads to Ingram and Slater not being able to escape the scene using the car because Slater gave Burke the keys.

It was Slater's bigotry which screwed up the plan. Although Burke should have never chosen Slater in the first place. He knew Slater was a bigot. Anyway, a good B-movie Noir produced by Harry Belafonte.


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