Edited by jefty on 9/1/2015, 8:04 am
Love Fellow CT Yankee, Ed Begley Sr who plays ex dodgey cop, Dave Burke, out for a revengeful last score. He is the ringmaster of this criminal circus who try's, in vain, to keep the lions (Belafonte and Ryan) from killing one another over their racial hatred. Belafonte who refers to Whites as "Ofay" and warns his wife to keep their daughter away from whitey and Okie Ryan who is brim full of bigotry and animus for all Blacks in general and "Boy" Belafonte particularly.
A really great late noir as your comments above attest. The mostly xylophone score adds to the film greatly as its melancholy attends Belafonte as he muses, alone down by the Hudson backwaters thinking about the heist ahead and fitful anger when he is in the club and does a manic riff on the instrument, reminiscent of Elisha Cook's orgiastic drum solo in "Phantom Lady".
Ryan particularly adept at playing the racial extremist or mentally deranged fanatic as he proved in "Act of Violence", Bad Day at Black Rock" or On Dangerous Ground".
But OAT is my fav.