I totally agree with Solomon about Ryan's performance in ODDS..., and for that matter, all of the noirs he was in. I just finished reading Ryan's biography by J.R. Jones. He mentiona that when Ryan came to Hollywood in the late 1930s he studied at Max Reinhardt's(the famous Austrian stage and screen director) acting school.Under Reinhardt, and acting teacher Vladimir Sokoloff, Ryan learned that acting wasn't reading the lines, but acting was movement, both facial nuances and the body. Ryan learned well, since no one could "act" more with those small eyes of his. Perhaps his greatest strength was his sensitivity in being able to play so many loathsome characters- bigots, killers, misogynists- and yet, in real life he was one of the most progressive members of the Hollywood community. In all respects, an estimable example of our species, even if he did carry along some of his "black Irish" demons.