"Odd Man Out" is one of these films which tends to be praised to the heavens. Personally, I find it difficult to believe that this was directed by the same man who went to make that everlasting classic, "The Third Man."
In the above movie, James Mason is the official leading man. Yet, he has little to offer. Most of his dialogue comes from the opening scene, before the failed armed robbery. For the remainder of the plot, he simply lurches from one hiding place to another. Plus, Mason only mumbles and mutters what little dialogue he has left. An absolute waste. I've never been a huge fan of him anyway. He makes Hulk Hogan's acting attempts look subtle and exciting by comparison!
It's a good job that the supporting cast are up to par. Robert Newton, William Hartnell, Robert Beatty, Eddie Byrne are amongst those who are able to carry the film between them.
Newton takes the acting honours, as the tormented and disillusioned artist. Although billed second, he doesn't make his appearance until late but he sure makes the most of it. Perhaps Robert Newton should have been Oscar nominated for his performance? In his scene with James Mason, the latter is practically acted off the entire studio!
The lack of scale tends to hamper the film. Why on earth the studio backlot had to be used do much, I've no idea. Surely any city of the times could have doubled for Belfast?
The film just rambles along as the story is utterly lifeless. A waste of the hard work put in from Carol Reed and Robert Newton.
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