ReelMassillon to Screen "Odds against Tomorrow "

News Release:  ReelMassillon to Screen Odds against Tomorrow 

As part of its 2015 film noir theme, the ReelMassillon series will screen Odds against Tomorrow on Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $7.  Movie-goers are encouraged to dress in film noir style. 

In the crime caper film, Dave Burke (Ed Bagley) looks for two men to assist him in a $50,000 bank raid: Earle Slater (Robert Ryan), a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte), a black compulsive gambler. Burke arranges for Ingram's creditors to put pressure on him to persuade him to take part. Slater agrees because he is humiliated by his inability to provide financially for his girlfriend (Shelley Winters). Slater’s southern-accented bigotry causes tension to mount quickly as the heist falls apart.  

Directed by Robert Wise, the 1959 film was based on a novel by William P. McGivern. Abraham Polonsky and Nelson Gidding wrote the screenplay. Odds against Tomorrow was filmed in New York City with a jazz soundtrack.

MassMu’s new summer exhibitions can be viewed until 6:30 p.m. on June 18, before the film screening: Civil War-Era Drawings from the Becker Collection, Civil War: The Battlefield and the Homefront, I Heard it through the Grapevine: The Telegraph and the Civil War, Massillon and the War of the Rebellion: The Grand Army of the Republic, and Mogollon and the Old West by Cheri Mohn.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. The Lincoln Theatre is located at 156 Lincoln Way East, across from the Museum.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets.

Films for this year’s series feature stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those emphasizing cynical attitudes and sexual motivations—usually from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. The film noir genre of this era calls to mind a low-key black-and-white visual style.  

ReelMassillon, managed by Kurtiss Hare, is a partnership of the Massillon Museum, the Lincoln Theatre, Historic Massillon Main Street, and KinoArts. Funding for the series is provided by ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. 

For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

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