Odd Man Out | 1947 | James Mason, Robert Newton

Odd Man Out | 1947 | James Mason, Robert Newton

A classic drama with James Mason playing an IRA leader who is wounded during a holdup. Desperately trying to escape the police, Mason encounters people who variously help him, refuse him help, or try to betray him. Magnificent photography by Robert Krasker and William Alwyn’s score create an atmosphere of doom.

Mason’s performance is often considered one of the best of his career. William George Fay, who plays the Catholic priest, was one of the founders of Dublin’s famed Abbey Theater in 1904 with William Butler Yeats. He had appeared in the famous first production of J. M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World in 1907.

production details

UK | 116 minutes | 1947

Director: Carol Reed
Script: R.C. Sherriff F.L. Green

James Mason as Johnny McQueen
Robert Newton as Lukey
Cyril Cusack as Pat
F.J. McCormick as Shell
Kathleen Ryan as Kathleen Sullivan
William Hartnell as Fencie – the barman
Fay Compton as Rosie
W.G. Fay as Father Tom
Denis O’Dea as Inspector
Maureen Delaney as Theresa O’Brien
Elwyn Brook-Jones as Tober
Robert Beatty as Dennis
Dan O’Herlihy as Nolan
Kitty Kirwan as Grannie
Beryl Measor as Maudie
Roy Irving as Murphy




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