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The Informer (1935)

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Release Date: May 1, 1935 Wide

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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

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Drama, Classics

Dudley Nichols, Liam O'Flaherty

Jun 6, 2006

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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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

February 19, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A heavy-handed, dreary and unimaginative work.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Informer remains a keenly moving film experience.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Nearly as good as its reputation

August 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.
October 1, 2007
brooklynspo

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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.
May 5, 2014
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Jim Hunter

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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.
December 4, 2009
tsigur

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The story grips you. Great atmosphere. Before On the Waterfront there was this. The main character, Gypo Nolan (McLaglen), is at once suffocated by guilt and yet his internal struggle is uplifting.
July 12, 2013
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