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Victor MeLaglen has never given an abler performance, and the film, even if it sometimes underlines its points rather crudely, is a memorable picture of a pitiless war waged without honour on either side in doorways and cellars and gin shops.
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.
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.
Among John Ford's first great films; w/Oscar turn by McLaglen.
A heavy-handed, dreary and unimaginative work.
The Informer remains a keenly moving film experience.
Nearly as good as its reputation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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