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The Informer (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 May 1935 (USA)
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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Liam O'Flaherty (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Barty Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Tommy Connor
Donald Meek ... Peter Mulligan
D'Arcy Corrigan ... The Blind Man
Leo McCabe Leo McCabe ... Donahue
Steve Pendleton ... Dennis Daly (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Francis Ford ... 'Judge' Flynn
May Boley ... Madame Betty
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Storyline

Dublin, 1920. Gypo Nolan, strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the rebel organization and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

On its release, a record 129 cuts were made by the British censors. All references to the Black and Tans, to violence, to the Irish Republic and to support for the Irish cause were removed. See more »

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!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1920 "Then Judas repented himself-and cast down the thirty pieces of silver - and departed." See more »

Alternate Versions

The earliest video versions in Argentina were lifted from an old 16mm print in English, with Spanish language subtitles. That version also features the opening credits in Spanish and the title in Spanish is "El delator". See more »

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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Max Steiner
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Visually Powerful
28 February 2001 | by eibon04See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1935 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$243,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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