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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 »
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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:
(32 articles)
User Reviews:
Life in 1920's Ireland 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)

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)

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Trivia:
Walter Matthau has said that this is his favorite film.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:
Gypo Nolan:And now the British think I'm with the Irish, and the Irish think I'm with the British. The long and short of it is I'm walkin' around without a dog to lick my trousers!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Black Mirror (2004) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave MariaSee more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Life in 1920's Ireland, 16 March 2000
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

An excellent movie of the issue of being an informant and the consequences of the deed. Victor McLagen gives a sympatheic performance as Gypo Nolan, a man who's only way to Move to America is to tell on his best friend. This was one of the first movies that looks into the lives and organization of the IRA(Irish Republic Army). The Informer(1935) is good at showing the poverty stricken Northern Ireland of the 1920's.

Although John Ford has been making films since the early teens, it is this movie that put his name on the map. The Informer(1935) along with The Searchers(1956) are John Ford's most Catholic driven motion pictures as it deals with guilt and redemption. John Ford was good at showing the lifestyles and values of many Irishmen in many of his work. I Only wish that this movie was available on Home Video as it is hard to find.

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