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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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Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Liam O'Flaherty (from the story by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1935 (Argentina) See more »
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R C A Victor System)
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?

John Ford had been highly impressed by F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) and wanted to bring an element of German Expressionism to this film.See more »
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 »
Terry:[realizing Gypo's stuck him with the bill as an angry bouncer glowers at him] Oh dear, oh dear. I have a queer feelin' there's going to be a strange face in heaven in the mornin'.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Great Train Robbery (1903)See more »
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young CharmsSee more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Visually Powerful, 28 February 2001
Author: eibon04 from New York City, NY

The Informer(1935) is a movie that made people aware of a director named John Ford. Became a big name in Hollywood for the years after the movie. Gives a detailed look at the early history of the IRA. The Informer(1935) deals with a man who informs on his best friend and feels guilty afterwards. Victor Mclaglen as Gypo Nolan gives a performance of great human depth. The themes of betrayal and redemption are present through the entire film. Of all John Ford's films this is his most religious themed film. The Informer(1935) ends in the style of an An American Gangster Film.

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