Odd Man Out

Date: 1947
Director: Carol Reed
Production Company: Two Cities Films

Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, Kathleen Ryan, F. J. McCormick
Location(s): Belfast, London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill.

Throughout the film studio sets are interspersed with shots of Belfast and East London.

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An aerial view of the anonymous city where the story is set. Belfast, Northern Ireland with the Albert Memorial Clock in Queen's Square to the left of centre.

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The best shot possible from ground level that includes the two main elements. (PW)

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A street market takes place in the square at the foot of the Albert Memorial Clock Tower. Studio set included for sake of completeness.

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Panning from the previous screen shot to the docks entrance where gang member Dennis browses at a market stall. Studio set included for sake of completeness.

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Car driver Pat heads to pick up other gang members. An unknown location with a Belfast trolleybus to the right.

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Nolan (Dan O'Herlihy) waits to be picked up. Queens Bridge over the River Lagan in Belfast.

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The same bridge. (PW)

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Pat drives the car through the city streets. Shaftesbury Square from Donegall Road looking towards Donegall Pass and its junction with Botanic Avenue identified by Chris Lloyd.

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Still a complicated junction. (PW)

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Murphy (Roy Irving) gets into the car. Donegall Square East, Belfast with the Robinson & Cleaver department store in the left background.

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The former department store is hiding behind the trees. (PW)

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The gang sets off to rob a mill to obtain money for their organisation. Looking north along Victoria Street, Belfast with the corner of Ann Street just left of centre and the Albert Memorial Clock in the left distance.

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Much altered but the clock still stands. (PW)

The gang pass the Royal Mail public house. Upper Street at the junction with Waterloo Terrace, Islington, London, N1 identified by members of the Britmovie Forum.

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The members are absolutely right. SJ

About to pass is a London Transport trolleybus on route 683 running between Stamford Hill and Moorgate. Ball's Pond Road at the corner of Kingsbury Road, Hackney, London N1. Also identified by members of the Britmovie Forum.

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The right hand building is no longer standing in this confirmation shot from Peter.

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A closer view of the trolley wires in an unknown location.

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Belfast buses are passed along the journey.

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The mill comes into view. The Greeves Mill at the corner of Conway Street and Falls Road in Belfast seen from the long gone Balaclava Street. (PW)

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Taken from the shade of trees on the Falls Road. (PW)

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Outside the main entrance to the mill offices. This is Whiston Road, Hackney in East London says Bill Horncastle.

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Pat (Cyril Cusack), Johnny McQueen (James Mason), Nolan and Murphy arrive outside the mill offices. Bill Horncastle identifies this as Whiston Road in Hackney E2.

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Johnny looks up at the mill's chimney. Greeves Mill on Conway Street was destroyed by arson in August 1969. (PW)

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The base of the chimney would have been around here. (PW)

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Johnny walks towards the entrance of the offices. Bill Horncastle locates this as Whiston Road.

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As the gang make their getaway, Johnny is shot and wounded. Whiston Road E2 again advises Bill Horncastle.

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The car speeds away. Bill Horncastle suggests Whiston Road which is near to Broadway Market in E8 and tells us that the bank robbery scenes were all studio based.

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The other gang members hold onto Johnny as he tries to get into the car. Unknown location.

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The injured Johnny falls from the car. Malcolm Cotton recognises this as Blanchard Road, Hackney looking from London Fields towards Lansdowne Drive. All re-developed in the 1970s. (RL)

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The car stops and reverses to pick up Johnny. Unidentified location.

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Johnny picks himself up and makes a run for it. Blanchard Road in E8 says Malcolm Cotton. (RL)

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The car speeds after Johnny. Unknown location.

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Johnny passes air raid shelters in the street. Unidentified location.

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Climbing over waste ground. Unknown location.

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Johnny heads for safety in an air raid shelter. The white "H" on the wall is an indication for the fire brigade that there is a water hydrant connection within 3 feet.

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The police begin to stop people in their search for the robbers. Unknown location.

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The police ask for information. Broadway Market in Hackney, London E8 located by members of the Britmovie Forum.

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The police continue their search in the city which, according to a map seen in the next scene, is situated to the south of the fictional Fermagh Lough. Unidentified at the moment but is this part of the same wall that features in 'Two Way Stretch'?

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A group of youngsters taunt the police. Unidentified location.

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Children play in the bomb damaged streets. Unidentified location.

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A man kicks the children's football. Unknown location.

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The football lands on the roof of the air raid shelter where Johnny is hiding. Unidentified location.

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Nolan, Pat and Murphy come across police who are checking identity cards.

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Nolan, Pat and Murphy stop and try a different route.

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The gang members find more police.

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Nolan, Pat and Murphy are spotted by the police and make a run for it. They have just run onto Boundary Street as seen from Boomer Street, Belfast as identified by members of belfastforum.co.uk.

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Pat slips over as they run towards Theresa O'Brien's house.

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The gang members arrive at the house of Theresa, a sympathiser of the organisation. Unidentified location.

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Johnny looks out of the shelter. Unknown location.

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Dennis (Robert Beatty) sets out to look for Johnny. Boundary Street, Belfast once again. The area has been completely redeveloped.

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After finding Johnny, Dennis creates a diversion so that he can escape from the air raid shelter. Running towards the steps leading to Tates Avenue Bridge, Belfast.

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Dennis reaches the top of the stairs. Unknown location.

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Dennis climbs scaffolding whilst running from the police. Unidentified location.

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Dennis walks along an unidentified street as a Belfast tram passes.

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Dennis boards the tram destined for Falls Road. Maureen Ritchie identifies this as the lower part of Ligoniel Road looking towards Crumlin Road in Belfast BT14, near her Grandfather's house, and that he used to talk about watching filming take place. The building to the right of centre still stands.

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Dennis throws himself through the tram's window to escape after a fight breaks out on board. This has the appearance of a set.

After Johnny leaves the air raid shelter, two women run to look after him when he almost passes out after being hit by a truck. Christy Lawrance advises that this is Canonbury Grove in N1.

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Christy, who edits a local history magazine, was sent an article by a man who remembers filming taking place in 1946, when he was 13 years old. This comparison is provided in support of the identification. Image copyright Google Streetview.

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A group of soldiers pass Johnny as he gets into an unattended hansom cab. Unidentified location.

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One of the soldiers helps Johnny into the cab. Unknown location.

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Police stop vehicles in the street as they look for Johnny. Unknown location.

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The cab is let through the police line as the driver thinks it is empty. Unidentified location.

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The police arrive at Kathleen's house. Likely to be a studio set as it looks like a screen appears to be hiding lighting in the top left hand corner.

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The cab with Johnny on board passes along the main street. Possibly a set but still an unidentified location.

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A man hails the cab and Johnny is discovered. Unknown location, maybe a set.

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After the cab driver leaves Johnny in a masons yard, Kathleen Sullivan (Kathleen Ryan) goes out to look for him. Unidentified location.

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Kathleen heads for the main street. Unidentified location.

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A plain clothes police officer follows Kathleen. Unknown location.

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The police officer sees Kathleen enter the Arcadia Dance Hall. Unknown location.

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The officer catches up with Kathleen as she walks to see Father Tom. Unidentified location.

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Johnny walks towards a telephone box. Unidentified location likely to be a studio set.

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When he sees policemen approaching, Johnny enters The Four Winds public house. The pub was based on The Crown Bar on Great Victoria Street in Belfast.

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The real frontage . . . . how long does it take to study a menu? I waited five minutes before taking this shot! (PW)

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Police stand on the street along from The Four Winds. Unidentified location and again, likely to be a studio set.

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The street outside The Four Winds seen extreme left. Studio set included for sake of completeness as the real Crown Bar in Belfast stands on a corner.

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Shell (F. J. McCormick), who saw the cab driver leave Johnny in the yard earlier, approaches The Four Winds. A studio set included for the sake of completeness.

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More of the real Crown Bar on Great Victoria Street. (PW)

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Fencie (William Hartnell), the proprietor of The Four Winds, puts Johnny in a cab with Lukey, a friend of Shell. Unidentified location.

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A police inspector (Denis O'Dea) arrives at the home of Father Tom. Unknown location.

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The police continue their search for Johnny. Unidentified location.

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Kathleen stands outside Father Tom's house in the snow. Unknown location.

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Shell escorts Johnny towards the square. Unidentified location.

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The police nearly spot Shell and Johnny. Unknown location that may be a studio set.

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Johnny hides as the police pass. Unknown location.

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Kathleen heads towards the square after Shell tells her that he has found Johnny. Part of the studio set or an unidentified location.

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Kathleen eventually finds Johnny in a studio set alleyway with a replica of the Albert Memorial Clock in the background. Included for sake of completeness.