Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

We end this tour of the MGM noir box with probably the best thing in it. Once again the “one last robbery” plot is nothing new, but here it’s done well enough that it doesn’t matter. Coming as it does from the far end of the 50s (and the end of the noir era in general), that probably also affected the style and content of the film. A crooked ex-cop plans a heist and hires two men (one white, one black) he knows desperately need money to carry it out. Nothing can possibly go wrong, of course, and the fact that the white guy hates blacks and the black guy hates whites (not as loudly, but clearly enough stated) won’t affect the outcome at all. Again, it’s a film driven by its lead performances, and both Robert Ryan and Harry Belafonte (who produced the film) are both fine as two men whose need for money may not be enough to overcome their dislike of the other man’s skin colour and fuck everything up. The whole film is made with some style, though it doesn’t perhaps follow through with everything it looks like doing and the build-up to the heist—though undeniably useful in establishing the characters and their need to be part of this job—is possibly longer than it needs to be. Still, on the whole, probably the best film in the MGM noir box like I said… only major disappointment is that it’s a full-frame transfer of a film that’s obviously meant to be seen wide (maybe at 1.66)…

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