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Odd Man Out
     

Odd Man Out

Director: Carol Reed

Cast: James Mason, Fay Compton, Robert Newton

 

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Carol Reed's taut character study (disguised as a suspense melodrama) was adapted from the novel by F.L. Green and stars James Mason in his star-making role as I.R.A. operative Johnny McQueen. Breaking out of jail, Johnny takes it on the lam, but idealism forces him out of hiding in order to raise money for the I.R.A. cause he believes in so strongly. He decides to

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Carol Reed's taut character study (disguised as a suspense melodrama) was adapted from the novel by F.L. Green and stars James Mason in his star-making role as I.R.A. operative Johnny McQueen. Breaking out of jail, Johnny takes it on the lam, but idealism forces him out of hiding in order to raise money for the I.R.A. cause he believes in so strongly. He decides to rob a bank, but the hold-up goes bad and Johnny is seriously wounded by the police. Staggering through the streets of Belfast, Johnny meets a succession of people who either want to help him or turn him over to the authorities. Johnny finally stumbles into a pub, where he is taken in by a homosexual artist (Robert Newton) who wants Johnny to pose for him in order to capture the desperation in his eyes. Johnny breaks free from the artist and tries to make his way to the waterfront in a final effort to escape ... but the police are slowly closing in.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Odd Man Out is an entertaining chase movie that has been criticized for an unrealistic representation of Northern Ireland. Directed by London-born Carol Reed, the film works for the universality of its story, and James Mason's fine performance compensates considerably for the film's sometimes blurry focus. The supporting performances are first-rate -- Cyril Cusack's in particular -- and the attention to character detail is unusual for films of the 1940s. Mason's intricate, psychological performance is among the best of his career, while Reed's use of visual symbolism (such as the crucifixion motif in the film's conclusion) provides additional richness. Odd Man Out was remade in 1969 as The Lost Man, with a U.S. setting and Sidney Poitier in Mason's role.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2015
UPC:
0715515143912
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
127

Special Features

New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill, Author of Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film, Culture and Politics Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O'Herlihy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Johnny O'Queen
Fay Compton Rosie
Robert Newton Lukey
Robert Beatty Dennis
Maureen Delaney Teresa
Kathleen Ryan Kathleen
W.G. Fay Father Tom
F.J. McCormick Shell
Cyril Cusack Pat
Arthur Hambling Alfie
William Hartnell Fencie
Kitty Kirwan Granny
Beryl Measor Maudie
Denis O'Dea Head Constable
Dan O'Herlihy Nolan
Joseph Tomelty Driver
Dora Bryan Actor
Eddie Byrne Actor
Geoffrey Keen Actor
Pat McGrath Actor
Guy Rolfe Actor
Maureen Cusack Actor
Elwyn Brook-Jones Tober
Roy Irving Murphy

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director,Producer
William Alwyn Score Composer
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Desmond Dew Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Evans Asst. Director
Roger Furse Production Designer
Stanley Grant Special Effects
F.L. Green Screenwriter
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Fergus McDonell Editor
Harry Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Phil C. Samuel Associate Producer
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter
Bill Warrington Special Effects

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