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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 D'Arcy Corrigan ... The Blind Man
Leo McCabe Leo McCabe ... Donahue
Steve Pendleton ... Dennis Daly (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Francis Ford ... 'Judge' Flynn
May Boley 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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Verräter 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford was concerned that the scene where drunken "King" Gypo goes into the brothel for Katie would not pass censors. The studio came up with the idea to "put the cats in hats"--that is, have all the prostitutes wear hats indoors, thus dissuading the censorship board from thinking they were prostitutes. See more »

Goofs

After Gypo is shot several times in the chest and lower torso, he stumbles into the church and falls face down. When he rises, there's no blood on the floor of the church. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gypo Nolan: Frankie! Your mother forgives me!
[Gypo then collapses, dead]
Gypo Nolan: .
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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

Since it's original release, the UK prints of this film have omitted all references to the IRA, but a 1998 release on a budget video label restores these cuts for the first time. See more »

Connections

Version of The Informer (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Killarney
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Written by Michael William Balfe
Arranged by Max Steiner
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My brief review of the film
16 August 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

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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