What a title ‘Odd Man Out’. That’s not me by the way, but it is Carl Reed’s 1947 classic movie which has been beautifully restored. I judge old movies like fine wine, some turn to vinegar when they reappear from the dark - but the best ones improve with age and are pure poetry in motion. This is such a movie...
Blending film noir with poetic realism, while trying to remain apolitical. The film is based on the original novel by F.L. Green, 'Odd Man Out'. It tells the story of Johnny McQueen, played by James Mason, who is the local head of a rebel organisation.
The insert at the beginning of the film continues... "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."
Having won 'Best British Motion Picture' at the 1947 BAFTAs, the film went on to get nominated for 'Best Film Editing' (by Fergus McDonell) at the Oscars the following year.
For those who have not seen the film, or those that remember seeing the original. I highly recommend you go and get yourself this new remastered DVD release, it is well worth the watch.
Here's a little taster of the original release. Cheers...