Tagline – An adventure in unbearable suspense !
Starring – James Mason (Johnny McQueen), Robert Newton (Lukey), Cyril Cusack (Pat), F. J. McCormick (Shell), Kathleen Ryan (Kathleen Sullivan), William Hartnell (Fencie), Fay Compton (Rosie).
Released – April, 1947
Directed By – Carol Reed
Produced By – Two Cities Films
Distributed By – Universal Pictures
Description – With political unrest as the background in Northern Ireland, Johnny McQueen is in hiding. Having escaped from prison six months ago he has taken refuge in the house of Kathleen Sullivan, who is in love with him, and her grandmother.
Johnny is one of the leaders of an underground Irish organization and he has been ordered to rob a mill to provide funds for the organization’s activities. However, while in prison, Johnny has softened his feelings toward violence as the only means to reach the organization’s goals. He now believes negotiations may be more effective and his new position is making his men uncomfortable. The robbery must be done.
What starts as a successful robbery soon goes sour. Johnny is forced to kill an armed cashier who shots him in the arm. The getaway car drives off, without Johnny fully inside the car, and he falls off. Now on the streets of the city, Johnny disappears into the back alleys.
Pat, Nolan, and Murphy escape in the car and stop off at Theresa O’Brien’s place. But, Murphy does not trust Theresa and leaves. His instincts prove fatally accurate to both Pat and Nolan when she betrays the pair to authorities. A gunfight ensues and both are killed.
While trying to make his way back to Kathleen’s house the wounded Johnny collapses in the street. Two passersby take him to their home, but upon realizing who he is ask him to leave. Johnny makes his way to a cab and when the driver realizes who he is he drops him off not wanting to get involved.
This is witnessed by Shell who tells a Catholic Priest about the nearly unconscious fugitive hoping for a reward. Kathleen has also arrived at the church seeking help to find Johnny. The priest asks Shell to get Johnny, but the fugitive has again stumbled away and into a bar.
The bar owner closes early and takes Johnny to a painters studio where a failed medical student tries to help Johnny with his wounds. Meanwhile, the police have arrived at the church where Kathleen still waits for Johnny. She manages to slip out and arrange for Johnny to board a ship out of the country.
Now, all she has to do is find him.
Shell runs into Kathleen and reunites her with Johnny, but the police are right on their tail. There doesn’t seem to be any way out of what will be a tragic end.
NOTABLE: Odd Man Out received an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing.
This motion picture was the first film to win the BAFTA award for Best British Film.
James Mason has called this the best performance of his career.
Stewart Granger was originally offered the role of Johnny McQueen, but turned it down.