The Informer (1935)


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The Informer, Liam O'Flaherty's novel of the the Irish "troubles" of the early 1920s, was first filmed in England in 1929, with Cyril McLaglen in the lead. When director John Ford remade The Informer in 1935, the role of the tragic Irish roisterer Gypo Nolan went to Cyril's brother Victor McLaglen. The scene is Dublin, during the Sinn Fein rebellion. Gypo has tried to join the IRA, but has been bounced because he lacked full commitment to the cause. Gypo's best friend is Frankie McPhillip … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Liam O'Flaherty, Dudley Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
Media Home Entertainment


as Gypo Nolan

as Dan Gallagher

as Frankie McPhillip

as Mary McPhillip

as Katie Madden

as Mrs. McPhillip

as Bartley Mulholland

as Tommy Conner

as Pat Mulligan

as Donahue

as 'Judge' Flynn

as Mrs. Betty

as An Obedient Girl

as Street Singer

as Lookout

as Flash Patron

as Man at Wake

as Bartley Mulholland

as An Obedient Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Informer

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography -- with its streams of fog and sparkling cobblestones -- gave audiences a new glimpse as to the potential artistry of cinema.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

John Ford won the first of his four Oscars for this tale of betrayal, set against the Irish Revolution of 1922, which is more impressive visually than thematically.

Full Review… | February 13, 2009

Among John Ford's first great films; w/Oscar turn by McLaglen.

February 19, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Informer


Exciting, dense and atmospheric, John Ford's The Informer employs the best of silent and sound movie techniques. Victor Mclaglen is a magnificent as the IRA brute and traitor who is forced to come to terms with his betrayal. Brilliant expressionist cinematography and a rousing Max Steiner score.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

After an Irishman informs against his IRA compatriots, he spends the money on a night on the town.
John Ford's The Informer shows Ford's Irish sympathies with the same gusto that The Quiet Man did, but here he's more political, shaming an Irish informant for ninety-one minutes. The film's politics are anti-establishment, but the strength of this film is the performance by Victor McLaglen whose burly size and imposing physique belie the vulnerability with which he carouses through the story. It's a remarkably human portrayal in a remarkably political film.
Overall, McLaglen keeps the film grounded and interesting.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Fantastic film from John Ford with an outstanding performance by Victor McLaglen. A perfect example that fog can be used to set a mood. I was surprised by the intensity that the film showed in some scenes and also mixed with some really funny moments.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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