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The Informer (1935)

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

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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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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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Dudley Nichols became the first person to decline an Oscar, turning it down because of Union disagreements. Academy records indicate that Nichols had taken possession of his Oscar by 1949. 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 »

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Gypo Nolan: [loudly at Frankie's wake] I'm sorry for your trouble, Mrs. McPhillip!
Bartly Mulholland: What are you shoutin' for? Don't you know there's a wake goin' on?
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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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Ave Maria
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Music by Max Steiner
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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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