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Odd Man Out [Blu-ray] [1947]

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  • Actors: James Mason, Kathleen Ryan, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, William Hartnell
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

James Mason is Johnny McQueen, the idealistic leader of an illegal organisation in Northern Ireland. Shot during an armed raid he is badly wounded. Stumbling through the back streets of Belfast his friends, enemies and the police begin to close in as he tries to find a place to hide...

Outstandingly directed by the Oscar-winning Carol Reed, Odd Man Out stars James Mason as a terrorist on the run in post-war Belfast. Giving what is undeniably his finest performance, Mason gets exemplary support from both Robert Newton, a crazed artist who desires to paint the death in McQueen's eyes, and Kathleen Ryan as the woman who loves him more than life itself. This High Definition digital restoration showcases the film's stark and beautiful imagery, ably complemented by the its exceptional score, which continually drives the story forward to its shocking conclusion.

[] Home James - a 1972 documentary on James Mason *
[] 1972 interview with James Mason *
[] Extensive image gallery
[] Script PDF
[] Commemorative booklet
(* Standard definition)


Odd Man Out is a British classic from 1947 that fits the film noir definition in almost every respect. It's one of the milestones of its era, highlighted by what is arguably the best performance in the illustrious career of James Mason, here playing the leader of an underground Irish rebel organisation, who is seriously wounded when a payroll heist goes sour. Left for dead by his accomplices on the streets of Belfast he's forced to hide wherever he can find shelter and as his gunshot wound gradually drains his life away, his lover (Kathleen Ryan) struggles to locate him before it's too late.

Although the IRA and Belfast are never mentioned by name, this film was a daring and morally complex examination of Northern Ireland's "troubles" and the compelling tragedy hasn't lost any of its impact. A study of conscience in crisis and the bitter aftermath of terrorism, this was one of the first films to address IRA activities on intimately human terms. Political potency is there for those who seek it, but the film is equally invigorating as a riveting story of a tragic figure on the run from the law, forced to confront the wrath of his own beliefs in the last hours of his life. It was this brilliant, unforgettable film that established the directorial prowess of Carol Reed, whose next two films (The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) were equally extraordinary. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 19 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The story goes that by 1947 James Mason, then the biggest actor in Britain, was frustrated at what he perceived as the mediocre quality of British films, and that it was due to this that he was unable to break out of Britain and gain exposure in Hollywood. Then he saw the screenplay for Carol Reed's 'Odd Man Out', took the lead part of Johnny McQueen, played it to perfection (now widely considered his best-ever performance), and duly ensured Hollywood came calling.

The films quickly starts off with a simple story of an Northern Irish gang who carry out an armed robbery. The leader of the gang, McQueen is rusty after spending some months in prison, and when he falls from the escape car he finds himself lost in the streets of Belfast. It would be wrong to go into anymore detail of the story, but watching this film today, some 65 years after it was made, it really does seem that everything fell together just right here. Mason is flawless, but the supporting actors are perfectly cast, from his lover (Kathleen Ryan), to the eccentric painter Lukey (Robert Newton). Even William Hartnell, the original Doctor Who, has a solid role. If you look closely in the tram scene, you'll even see Steptoe himself, Wilfrid Brambell, in his first (non-speaking) appearance. The thing that really makes 'Odd Man Out' stand out as one of the best British films is the virtuoso direction by Carol Reed. Though he would become more known for The Third Man, released two years later, some of the imagery here is supreme. We get McQueen, late in the film, suffering and hallucinating as the paintings come off the wall and begin to circle the room, coming to rest in front of him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Wal ( private eye ) on 16 April 2006
Format: DVD
There's not much to say about this film apart from it being PURE cinematic genius.Everything a good story needs is there ( loyalty ; betrayal ;love ;hate ;fear ,etc,etc).Top class performances from everybody in the film : James Mason ; Cyril Cussack ; William Hartnell ,et al , but especially from the best screen actor of all time : Robert Newton (the best). Excellent direction,lighting and screenplay to boot.
A joy for some film buffs to know the masses either 'have it or not' ; many cattle & sheep wouldn't recognise it's true value to cinema
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
Recalling my fondness for James Mason as an actor, I recently bought a DVD of "The Desert Fox." Although Mason is as usual excellent in the title role, the film itself seems so dreadfully dated! I then realized that my continued regard for Mason as an actor actually stems from his performance as Johnny McQueen, in Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out," which I first saw as a child (Mason's luminous interpretation of the dying McQueen has cast a glow on my memory of all his performances, including a hypothetical reading of the telephone book!). I can never forget the scene in the artist's garret when, in a moment of recognition, McQueen speaks "with the tongues of men and of angels."

"Odd Man Out" does not disappoint, even after sixty years. It still brings fresh tears to my eyes. How can the film miss with the nuanced direction of Carol Reed, the haunting music of William Alwyn, and the splendid cinematography of Robert Krasker--to say nothing of the actors? Every character--from the urchins on the street to the anonymous passers-by--some who help; others who hinder--is perfect. Kathleen Ryan gives a beautifully understated performance as the woman who will die for McQueen, and Robert Newton is brilliant in the role of Lukey, an artist, whom starvation has driven beyond the point of madness. The actors, who play Lukey's companions-in-misery--Shell, a down-and-outer looking for rewards, and Tober, a ruined medical student, whose Eton accent speaks of better times--are splendid.

As for Mason, "Odd Man Out" brought him fame as well as the attention of Hollywood, and a subsequent series of mediocre--albeit entertaining--potboilers, in which his gifted performances simply do not compare to his timeless interpretation of the Irish militant, Johnny McQueen. Jamie, we hardly knew you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William C. Saul on 8 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of the best British films of all-time! It's amazing there is no American blu-ray release as of 8-12. This Carol Reed masterpiece has an excellent picture.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This is a powerful, tragic movie which is hard to forget. It tells the story of Johnny McQueen (James Mason), an IRA chief in Northern Ireland. He was sentenced to 17 years for robbery but broke out and now has planned to rob a mill to steal money for the cause. He leads three other men and things go wrong. He shoots and kills a clerk and is shot himself. During the chaotic escape he falls from the getaway car and is left on the street. He's seriously injured and probably is bleeding to death. All that evening and night, increasingly dazed and weak, he struggles to find someplace to go and rest. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed.

Odd Man Out is really two stories. One is McQueen's. The other is that of Kathleen Sullivan (Kathleen Ryan), the young woman who loves him and is determined to find and save him. She knows he's terribly hurt and that he'll be hanged if he is caught. She won't let that happen. Despite her Catholic faith and the sympathetic counsel of her elderly priest, she'll shoot Johnny and then herself if she must.

Those Johnny McQueen encounters during the cold and sleeting night may want to help him or may want the reward for his capture, but none want to give him shelter. A prosperous, fat madam welcomes Johnny's team and learns where they left Johnny. Then she turns them in and listens as they're shot down in front of her establishment. Two sisters find Johnny lying in the road and take him into their house. They bandage him but cannot keep him, and send him out again into the rain. A crazed painter (Robert Newton) finds him in a bar and takes him to his studio, where he wants to paint the dying face. All the while the police are slowly narrowing their search. At last Kathleen finds him.
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