Odds Against Tomorrow. In this racial-issues noir, disgraced ex-cop Ed Begley puts together a team to rob a bank: hot-tempered, violent, virulent racist Robert Ryan and laid-back but proud gambling addict Harry Belafonte. Racial sparks immediately fly, leading to a wonderfully grim, dark-joke ending. It’s an excellent film all around. Belafonte is cool but wound up underneath, and Ryan is just magnificently poisonous. Robert Wise’s direction is fantastic, creating a gorgeous, jazzy film with the beautiful crisp, clear, luminescent look of the best black-and-white cinematography. It’s just a pleasure to watch.