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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 ...
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Leo McCabe ...
Donahue
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Dennis Daly (as Gaylord Pendleton)
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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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In later years, in interviews with fellow director Peter Bogdanovich, John Ford conceded that he felt that this film lacked humor. See more »

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After Gypo is shot several times in the chest and lower abdomen, he stumbles around and eventually makes his way into the church. He falls face down in the nave of the church but when he rises, there's no blood on the floor. See more »

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[last lines]
Gypo Nolan: Frankie! Your mother forgives me!
[Gypo then collapses, dead]
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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 Around the Corner (1937) See more »

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Life in 1920's Ireland
16 March 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie of the issue of being an informant and the consequences of the deed. Victor McLagen gives a sympatheic performance as Gypo Nolan, a man who's only way to Move to America is to tell on his best friend. This was one of the first movies that looks into the lives and organization of the IRA(Irish Republic Army). The Informer(1935) is good at showing the poverty stricken Northern Ireland of the 1920's.

Although John Ford has been making films since the early teens, it is this movie that put his name on the map. The Informer(1935) along with The Searchers(1956) are John Ford's most Catholic driven motion pictures as it deals with guilt and redemption. John Ford was good at showing the lifestyles and values of many Irishmen in many of his work. I Only wish that this movie was available on Home Video as it is hard to find.


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