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The Informer (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 May 1935 (USA)
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

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Katie Madden
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Frankie McPhillip
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J.M. Kerrigan ...
Terry
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Barty Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Tommy Connor
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Peter Mulligan
D'Arcy Corrigan ...
The Blind Man
Leo McCabe ...
Donahue
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Dennis Daly (as Gaylord Pendleton)
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'Judge' Flynn
May Boley ...
Madame Betty
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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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Crime | Drama

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$243,000 (estimated)
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Walter Matthau has said that this is his favorite film. See more »

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

Quotes

Katie Madden: Gypo, where did you get that money? Look at it, and not an hour ago you hadn't a penny to warm your pocket. Did someone die and leave you a pot of gold?
Gypo Nolan: Why are you sayin' that for?
Katie Madden: Well, did you rob a church or what?
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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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Arranged by Max Steiner
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My brief review of the film
16 August 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A thought-provoking drama of desperate living, paranoia, and the consequences of one's actions, John Ford gives the film an appropriately dark atmosphere, and the sets have a nightmarish quality to them. As McLaglen stumbles half-drunk through the night, everything around him shows his feelings. His character tends to often feel guilty, but at other times he feels in the mood to celebrate. He is overcome by a wave of different emotions, upset from different things. McLaglen handles all of this very well, giving a startling realistic performance that is good enough to provide some compensation for Margot Grahame's over-acting. However, this is just the one character that is complex and fascinating. The supporting characters all are very thin, and the romance between Foster and Angel adds nothing to the tale. Even so, this is very effective film-making, with some clever use of dissolve editing and a haunting music score by Max Steiner. It is overall quite an effective film about moral play, desperation and responsibility.


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