The Informer

The Informer

DVD - 2006
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The scene is Dublin, 1922. Gypo Nolan stumbles through a foggy Irish night, his brain pickled in whiskey and his soul tormented by shame and fear. Gypo is an informer, a turncoat who betrayed his friend to the British police for 20 pounds. Now he can't spend the money fast enough, nor can he run from his treachery fast enough as he brawls, brags, swaggers and lies his way toward his fate.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006
ISBN: 9781419828898
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Informer : Out of the fog


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Aug 11, 2014

Victor McLagen won the Academy Award for this 1935 production of a oafish Irishman paying the ultimate price for informing on his friend, Frankie McPhillip. Never forget that Hollywood is the land of make believe and mind manipulation. McLagen was English. But what a gigantic man. Was much older than John Wayne but in his prime I believe he would have flattened the Duke. A pretty good film for its time. I've read the book by O'Flaherty which the movie tries to follow.

Apr 08, 2014

John Ford is inextricably linked with the western, but he also did literary adaptations ("Grapes of Wrath"), romances ("The Quiet Man") and biopics ("Young Mr. Lincoln"). This is a pre-"Stagecoach" version of Liam O'Flaherty's novel of a traitor during the Irish Civil War. Rather heavy-handed and sentimental (an often overlooked quality in Ford), this is mildly interesting for its portrayal of the Irish conflict and for its moody, noir-ish lighting and settings (Ford said he was inspired by German films). Somehow it won four Oscars, including director and actor for Victor McLagen, who is hammy and ham-fisted as the title character. You may also like "The Third Man" and "Odd Man Out." Note: This was not the inspiration for Snow's "Informer."

Feb 04, 2013

Huge film for Ford in '35. His genius really shines regardless of a limited budget in this dark and atmospheric psychological thriller. His peers obviously agreed in righteously awarding him his first of four Oscars for Best Director. Also impressive was Victor McLaglen, who won as well for Best Actor, as the sometimes hilarious, but mostly pitiful, soused brute Gypo, whose conscience was almost more deadly than the I.R.A. The two additional awards were for Best Music, Score -- Max Steiner; and Best Writing, Screenplay -- Dudley Nichols. Phenomenal piece of work. FIVE STARS.


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Feb 04, 2013

Katie Madden: "Gypo, where did you get that money? Look at it, and not an hour ago you hadn't a penny to warm your pocket. Did someone die and leave you a pot of gold?" Gypo Nolan: "Why are you sayin' that for?!?"


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