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The Informer (1935)

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Budget $243,000

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country USA

Studio RKO Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Betrayal, Political, Suspense, Law, Love

Plot: Victor McLaglen stars as the benighted Gypo Nolan in John Ford's classic version of Liam Flaherty's novel. In 1922 Dublin, Nolan, who's been exiled by his IRA cell for refusing an assignment to kill a man, is ridiculed for his perennial poverty by his prostitute girlfriend, Katie Madden (Margot Grahame), who wants badly for them to immigrate to the United States. Smarting from her insults and knowing that the British have posted a reward for the whereabouts of his best friend, IRA soldier Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford), Gypo goes to the headquarters of the hated Black and Tans and reveals his friend's location. After Frankie is shot down by the British, Gypo collects his 20 pounds and goes out to impress Kate and get drunk. To avoid suspicion, he moves on to Frankie's funeral, where guilt gnaws at his entrails as he witnesses the misery he's created. Worse, the IRA soldiers present notice that the impoverished Gypo has money to burn and, suspecting he knows something about Frankie's death, take him to their commander, Dan Gallagher (Preston Foster), for questioning. McLaglen won an Academy Award for his moving portrayal of the tragically flawed Gypo. The uncharacteristically noirish and expressionistic feel of THE INFORMER, courtesy of Joseph August's evocative photography of

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man
 Written by
Dudley Nichols
Bringing Up Baby, Stagecoach, And Then There Were None
Victor McLaglen
The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Gunga Din
Heather Angel
Peter Pan, Suspicion, Alice in Wonderland
Preston Foster
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Harvey Girls, Kansas City Confidential
Margot Grahame
The Crimson Pirate
Wallace Ford
Shadow of a Doubt, Harvey, Spellbound
Una O'Connor
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Witness for the Prosecution, Bride of Frankenstein
J.M. Kerrigan
20000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Wolf Man, The Sea Hawk
 Music By
Max Steiner
Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Arsenic and Old Lace

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