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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:
A Flannelmouth Fool 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
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (music by)
 
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
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)

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Trivia:
The premiere took place aboard the French transatlantic liner "Normandie".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:
Frankie McPhillip:Up the rebels!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young CharmsSee more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Flannelmouth Fool, 16 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I don't doubt that Victor McLaglen won his Best Actor Oscar for this film by dint of a three way split among the Mutiny on the Bounty leads of Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone who were all in the same race. But The Informer is still a fine film because John Ford wouldn't have gotten his first Best Director Oscar if it wasn't. No split involved in his award.

The movie and the story by Liam O'Flaherty that it is based on involves a poor simpleton of a man named Gypo Nolan who was once a member of the Irish Republican Army. He was cashiered out of it for some imbecilic stunt he pulled and wants back in. He's down to his last pence and if he can't get back in, wants enough for passage to America. There's a twenty pound reward for information leading to the arrest of a former comrade named Frankie McPhillip played by Wallace Ford. In a moment of weakness he goes to the Black and Tan constabulary and informs on McPhillip.

The IRA is pretty anxious to find out who ratted McPhillip out and they're pretty certain it was McLaglen. He hasn't the wit to really cover his own tracks. He does make a feeble effort to implicate another man named Peter Mulligan played by Donald Meek. He also picks up a hanger-on played by J.M. Kerrigan.

The whole action of The Informer takes place in 1922 in Dublin from about six in the evening to early the following morning. Of a necessity it is shot in darkness and shadows, making it possibly the first noir thriller. Had it been done post World War II The Informer would have ranked as a great noir classic, like Odd Man Out or the The Third Man which it bares a lot of resemblance to.

John Ford knew this world very well. He took some time off during the Rebellion and was in Ireland at the time and had a brother who was in the IRA. His real name before having it anglicized was Sean O'Fiernan.

Preston Foster plays the IRA commandant Dan Gallagher. In the book Gallagher is a harder and meaner man than Foster has him here. My guess is that John Ford wanted him as a sympathetic character to give movie fans some rooting interest. He makes it clear that Foster has to eliminate the informer because the Black and Tans will grab him and get quite a bit more out of him and put the whole organization in peril.

The IRA trial scene is the highlight of the film. When Foster asks Donald Meek whether he recognizes the authority of their court, Meek ain't in a position to say no. The King's justice and writ does not run here. It graphically illustrates at that point despite occupation by army troops and constabulary, the British are indeed losing their grip on the population.

Of course The Informer a rather grim story has its John Ford touches, but rather fewer than you would expect. Even as McLaglen is spending his money on a drunken spree, the IRA is constantly in the shadows watching him and counting every farthing.

The Informer is a tale well told about Ireland in a grim and dismal time.

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