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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 (as F. J. McCormick)
William Hartnell ... Fencie
Fay Compton ... Rosie
Denis O'Dea ... Inspector
W.G. Fay W.G. Fay ... Father Tom (as W. G. Fay)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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An adventure in unbearable suspense !


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gang War See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,759
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Inspector: I'm sorry father but it's my duty to bring this man to justice.
Father Tom: That's the duty of all of us.
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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.

It is not concerned with the struggle between the law and an illegal organisation, but only with the conflict in the hearts of the people when they become unexpectedly involved. See more »


Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
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A great film, largely overlooked
15 June 1999 | by iron-5See all my reviews

"Odd Man Out" is far more than just a very good "cops and robbers" movie, although it can hold its own with most. Beneath that is a deep psychological drama as Johnny McQueen, an IRA rebel, wounded in a holdup, is pursued by police, his own gang, and several unsavory characters. McQueen becomes less of a man and more symbol to his hunters. He is viewed as a martyr, meal ticket, and art project. Robert Newton is excellent in his role as a half-mad artist who wants to hold Johnny just long enough to paint the expression in the eyes of a dying man. Intensely suspenseful, set in the working-class neighborhoods and slums, the gray atmosphere compliments the plot perfectly. One of James Mason's finest.


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