The Informer 1935

The Informer

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Gypo Nolan (Victor McLaglen) is a former Irish Republican Army man who drowns his sorrows in the bottle. He's desperate to escape his bleak Dublin life and start over in America with his girlfriend (Margot Grahame). So when British authorities advertise a reward for information about his best friend, current IRA member Frankie (Wallace Ford), Gypo cooperates. Now Gypo can buy two tickets on a boat bound for the States, but can he escape the overwhelming guilt he feels for betraying his buddy?

Cast & Crew

Heather Angel
Mary McPhillip
Preston Foster
Dan Gallagher
Margot Grahame
Katie Madden
Wallace Ford
Frankie McPhillip
Una O'Connor
Mrs. McPhillip
Joe Sawyer
Bartly Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
John Ford
Director
John Ford
Producer
Max Steiner
Original Music
Joseph H. August
Cinematographer
George Hively
Film Editor
Julia Heron
Set Decoration
Walter Plunkett
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Critic Reviews for The Informer

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Audience Reviews for The Informer

  • May 05, 2014
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2013
    This early work on the troubles is not one of John Ford's best. You can see flashes of brilliance in film making but otherwise, it is something pretty without much substance.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2009
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2008
    Pretty good for 1935
    Karl V Super Reviewer

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