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Genres: Film-Noir , Drama , Crime
Actors: Roy Irving , Beryl Measor , Kitty Kirwan , Dan O’Herlihy , Robert Beatty , Elwyn Brook-Jones , Maureen Delaney , W.G. Fay , Denis O’Dea , Fay Compton , William Hartnell , F.J. McCormick , Cyril Cusack , Robert Newton , James Mason
Director: Carol Reed
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1947
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 (3880 votes)

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.

Film Review

GENERAL FILM DISTRIBUTORS (United Kingdom) & UNIVERSAL PICTURES COMPANY (United States) presents a Two Cities Films Production, ODD MAN OUT, Producers Carol Reed, Phillip C. Samuel & Herbert Smith. Director Carol Reed, the novel written by F.L. Green, Screenplay by F.L. Green and R.C. Sheriff. Original Musical Score by Cast: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, Kathleen Ryan, F.J.McCormick, William Hartnell, Fay Compton, Dennis O'Dea, W.G. Fay, Maureen Delaney, Ellen Brook-Jones, Robert Beatty, Dan O'Herlihy, Kitty Kirean, Beryl Measor, Roy Irving, Joseph Tomelty, Arthur Hembly, Ann Clery, Maura Milligan, Maureen Cusack, Wilfrid Brambell, Dora Bryan, Eddie Byrne, Harry Hutchinson, Geoffrey Keen, Pat McGrath, Maurice Millard, Noel Purcell, Guy Rolfe. The struggle for freedom and independence and the right of self government in Ireland often has been the fodder of which great drama has been made. One has only to look at THE INFORMER (1935), SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVI…

James Mason here gives a career-making performance as Johnny McQueen, wounded and hunted member of "The Organisation". The lengths that the film goes to in order not to spell out what is clearly evident to the viewer add a quaint and wryly amusing quality: the organisation is quite clearly the Irish Republican Army, and the unnamed city in which the film takes place is just as patently Belfast. After a bungled Post Office robbery, attempted to gain funds for the Army's continuing guerrilla war for independence, area commander McQueen barely escapes with his life. Badly wounded and pursued by the authorities like a trapped animal, Mason gives a hunted and haunted quality to McQueen as he lurks in the rain-soaked back alleys of the city to avoid capture.We also have great character turns from such luminaries of the British screen as Doctor Who's William Hartnell as a gruff barkeeper, and Long John Silver himself, Robert Newton as a deranged and drunken artist who off…


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