The Informer (1935)

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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margot Grahame ...
Katie Madden
Frankie McPhillip
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Bartly Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Tommy Connor
Peter Mulligan
D'Arcy Corrigan ...
The Blind Man
Leo McCabe ...
Steve Pendleton ...
Dennis Daly (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Francis Ford ...
'Judge' Flynn
May Boley ...
Madame Betty


Dublin, 1920. Gypo Nolan, strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the rebel organization and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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10 July 1935 (Argentina)  »

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Der Verräter  »

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$243,000 (estimated)

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(R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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A number of references suggest the possibility that Ward Bond appears in a bit part in this film, and it has also been rumored that J. Farrell MacDonald does as well. However, frame-by-frame analysis indicates that neither appears in any capacity, and indeed both were substantially well known at the time, and it's unlikely that they would do a small bit part even in a film for their friend John Ford. In one scene, in the fish-and-chips shop, an extra appears who has a slight resemblance to Bond, but it is definitely not him. J. Farrell MacDonald's name might well have been mistaken for J.M. Kerrigan, who does indeed have a substantial role. Kerrigan, though, is already billed in the credits. It must be concluded, therefore that, despite rumors to the contrary, Bond and MacDonald are not in the film. See more »


The surname Gallagher is pronounced "Galligger" by characters, however, in Ireland the name is always pronounced "Gallaher." See more »


Frankie McPhillip: Up the rebels!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1920 "Then Judas repented himself-and cast down the thirty pieces of silver - and departed." See more »


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Dire poverty leads to betrayal during Irish Rebellion
2 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brilliant portrait of a traitor (Victor McLaglen in Oscar winning performance) who is hounded by his own conscience. McLaglen plays an IRA rouge who betrays his leader to collect a reward during Ireland's Sinn Fein Rebellion. The scenes showing fights and mob actions are very realistic, focusing on the desperation within individuals. The lack of hope for a better future seems to be a fate worse than death.

Director John Ford superbly creates an murky and tense atmosphere, enhanced by the foggy and grimy depiction of the Irish landscape. Max Steiner's dramatic music score adds to the cinematic delight. Oscar Winner also for Best Screenplay, nominated for Best Picture. This is one of Hollywood's Classic.

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