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The Informer (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 10 July 1935 (Argentina)
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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.



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Won 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Madden
Frankie McPhillip
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Barty Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
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Peter Mulligan
D'Arcy Corrigan ...
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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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Release Date:

10 July 1935 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Der Verräter  »

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$243,000 (estimated)

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(R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Dudley Nichols wrote the script in six days. See more »


After Gypo is shot several times in the chest and lower torso, he stumbles into the church and falls face down. When he rises, there's no blood on the floor of the church. See more »


[last lines]
Gypo Nolan: Frankie! Your mother forgives me!
[Gypo then collapses, dead]
Gypo Nolan: .
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1920 "Then Judas repented himself-and cast down the thirty pieces of silver - and departed." See more »


Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971) See more »


Written by Michael William Balfe
Arranged by Max Steiner
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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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