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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Verräter  »

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$243,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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John Ford had been highly impressed by F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) and wanted to bring an element of German Expressionism to this film. See more »


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


Katie Madden: Ah, Gypo, what's the use? I'm hungry, and I can't pay my room rent. Have you the price of a flop on you?
Gypo Nolan: No.
Katie Madden: What's the use? Ah. don't look at me like that, Gypo! You're all I got! You're the only one. You know that. But what chance do we have to escape? Money! Some people have all the luck!
[Indicating the ad in the travel agency window]
Katie Madden: Look at that thing handing us the ha-ha! Ten pounds to America! Twenty pounds and the world is ours?
Gypo Nolan: What are you saying that for?
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Opening credits prologue: 1920 "Then Judas repented himself-and cast down the thirty pieces of silver - and departed." See more »


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A Hulk In Love
29 June 2001 | by (fredericksburg va) – See all my reviews

The political events as connected to the real world weren't terribly important when I scoped the film. What was important was McLaglan's two-fisted hulk, a man in love with a stained little angel of a woman selling herself as a prostitute to make ends meet. What McLaglan does is squeal on his IRA buddy in order to get the reward and take this girl he loves to America.

This is King Kong territory, as the huge McLaglan tries to hang on to the beautiful dream embodied by his honey, who more or less looks on him for what he is, a big goon who knocks people out with fists the size of toasters. Unfortunately McLaglan's brain doesn't work too well combined with liquor, and he ends up on a drunken odyssey with a machine-gun mouthed lackey, blowing the reward money and revealing himself as the Informer.

This is McLaglan's movie, his best work.

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