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The Informer -- In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Liam O'Flaherty (from the story by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1935 (Argentina) See more »
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Plot:
In 1920, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
My brief review of the film See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor McLaglen ... Gypo Nolan
Heather Angel ... Mary McPhillip
Preston Foster ... Dan Gallagher
Margot Grahame ... Katie Madden
Wallace Ford ... Frankie McPhillip

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. McPhillip
J.M. Kerrigan ... Terry
Joe Sawyer ... Bartly Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Tommy Connor

Donald Meek ... 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
Grizelda Harvey ... English Girl
Denis O'Dea ... Street Singer (as Dennis O'Dea)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Small Role (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Man at Wake (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... House Patron (uncredited)
Clyde Cook ... Flash Patron (uncredited)
Earle Foxe ... British Officer (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... British Officer (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Detractor (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... House Patron (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Admirer (uncredited)
Arthur McLaglen ... Man (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... McCabe - Bouncer (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Admirer (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Man at Wake (uncredited)

James Murray ... Bit (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Singer (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Young Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bartender (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... British Officer (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Admirer (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Liam O'Flaherty (from the story by)

Produced by
John Ford .... producer
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles M. Kirk .... associate art director (as Charles Kirk)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Robert Wise .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Burnett Guffey .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Parrish .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
S. Barret McCormick .... press agent (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R C A Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp (re-rating) (2006) | Argentina:16 (original rating) (1935) | Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) (1935) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (1935) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1954) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1935) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | UK:PG (re-rating: uncut) (1996) | USA:Approved (PCA #734) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
John Ford was concerned that the scene where drunken "King" Gypo goes into the brothel for Katie would not pass censors. The studio came up with the idea to "put the cats in hats"--that is, have all the prostitutes wear hats indoors, thus dissuading the censorship board from thinking they were prostitutes.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The surname Gallagher is pronounced "Galligger" by characters, however, in Ireland the name is always pronounced "Gallaher."See more »
Quotes:
Frankie McPhillip:Up the rebels!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Black Mirror (2004) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young CharmsSee more »

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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 16 August 2005
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia

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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