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The Informer -- Winner of 4 Academy Awards, this powerful drama tells the story of a hard-drinking Irish man who betrays his wanted friend for a mere twenty pounds during the Irish Rebellion of 1922.
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 »
Genre:
Plot:
In 1922, 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 »
NewsDesk:
(36 articles)
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My brief review of the film See more (42 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)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Liam O'Flaherty (from the story by)

Produced by
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
 
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
Sterling Campbell .... military advisor (uncredited)
S. Barret McCormick .... press agent (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Ford kept Victor McLaglen continually off-balance (and thus in character) by getting him drunk, changing his schedules, verbally abusing him on and off the set and filming scenes when he'd told McLaglen that they were only rehearsing. For the crucial rebel court scene, the story goes that Ford reduced the actor to a trembling wreck by promising him the day off only to bring him into the studio early and extremely hung over, insisting that he spit out his lines. McLaglen was so furious with Ford over this that he threatened to quit acting and kill the director.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Frankie McPhillip tells his mother he travelled to her house via O'Connell Street. In 1922, the year the movie is set, O'Connell Street was still offically called Sackville Street, but the Irish Home Rule Party had unsuccessfully attempted to change it to "O'Connell Street" prior to this and this name was commonly used by nationalist Dubliners.See more »
Quotes:
Katie Madden:Ah, Gypo, what's the use? I'm hungry, and I can't pay my room rent. Have you the price of a flop on you?
Gypo Nolan:No.
Katie Madden:What's the use? Ah. don't look at me like that, Gypo! You're all I got! You're the only one. You know that. But what chance do we have to escape? Money! Some people have all the luck!
[Indicating the ad in the travel agency window]
Katie Madden:Look at that thing handing us the ha-ha! Ten pounds to America! Twenty pounds and the world is ours?
Gypo Nolan:What are you saying that for?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The American West of John Ford (1971) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young CharmsSee more »

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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 16 August 2005
Author: sol- from 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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