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In 1920, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

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Cast

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

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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10 July 1935 (Argentina)  »

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$243,000 (estimated)
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Is the first film and only film to win the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture by a unanimous vote on the first ballot. See more »

Goofs

Frankie McPhillip tells his mother he travelled to her house via O'Connell Street. In 1922, the year the movie is set, O'Connell Street was still offically called Sackville Street, but the Irish Home Rule Party had unsuccessfully attempted to change it to "O'Connell Street" prior to this and this name was commonly used by nationalist Dubliners. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gypo Nolan: Frankie! Your mother forgives me!
[Gypo then collapses, dead]
Gypo Nolan: .
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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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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Music Traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore (1808)
Sung by all at Madam Betty's Place
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After 65 years, this film is still all too timely
24 November 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film deals with the Irish rebellion in the 1920s and more specifically one man's life after he informs on a friend for the bounty on his head and the subsequent consequences. Watching the film, I got the feeling that you could take the script and with just some minor updates, do it again and it, sadly, would still fit contemporary events. But te remake wouldn't be nearly as good. A magnificent performance by Victor McLaglen (for which he deservedly got an Oscar) and a fine ensemble cast that includes most, if not all the actors with brogues in Hollywood at the time, most of them recognizable character actors either established at the time or just starting out. A very good film well worth watching. Highly recommended.


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