Sunday, September 6, 2015
A castaway from the police force (Ed Begley) recruits two men (Robert Ryan and Harry Belafonte), one white and one black, to help carry out a bank robbery. The tagline of this acutely socially conscious noir about the perfect heist gone wrong—“Money brought them together. Racism tore them apart”—suggests what happens next. Odds Against Tomorrow was among the last of a certain stripe of hard-boiled, rough-edged film noirs (it was shot on location in New York City and Hudson, New York), and it’s fitting that it also contains one of Grahame’s last great performances—as a lonely, alluring neighbor of Ryan’s character intrigued by his aggressive cool.