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Odd Man Out Details


Carol Reed's taut character study (disguised as a suspense melodrama) was adapted from the novel by F.L. Green and stars James Mason in his star-making role as I.R.A. operative Johnny McQueen. Breaking out of jail, Johnny takes it on the lam, but idealism forces him out of hiding in order to raise money for the I.R.A. cause he believes in so strongly. He decides to rob a bank, but the hold-up goes bad and Johnny is seriously wounded by the police. Staggering through the streets of Belfast, Johnny meets a succession of people who either want to help him or turn him over to the authorities. Johnny finally stumbles into a pub, where he is taken in by a homosexual artist (Robert Newton) who wants Johnny to pose for him in order to capture the desperation in his eyes. Johnny breaks free from the artist and tries to make his way to the waterfront in a final effort to escape ... but the police are slowly closing in. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:April 23, 1947


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carol Reed Best British Film 1947 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fergus McDonell Best Editing 1947 Nominee


James Mason
as Johnny O'Queen
Robert Newton
as Lukey
Fay Compton
as Rosie
Robert Beatty
as Dennis
Kathleen Ryan
as Kathleen
Maureen Delaney
as Teresa
Cyril Cusack
as Pat
Arthur Hambling
as Alfie
William Hartnell
as Fencie
Kitty Kirwan
as Granny
Beryl Measor
as Maudie
Denis O'Dea
as Head Constable
Dan O'Herlihy
as Nolan
Joseph Tomelty
as Driver
Dora Bryan
Eddie Byrne
Geoffrey Keen
Guy Rolfe
Maureen Cusack


Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Robert Krasker
William Alwyn
Composer (Music Score)
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Fergus McDonell
Roger Furse
Production Designer
Desmond Dew
Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Miller
Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Warrington
Special Effects