The Informer (1935) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford and Cliff Reid.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Liam O'Flaherty published in 1925.
Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Victor McLaglen||Won|
|Best Director||John Ford||Won|
|Best Film Editing||George Hively||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)||Won|
|Best Writing||Dudley Nichols||Won|
|Best Picture||RKO Radio||Nominated|
The John Ford Blogathon: Ford and The Informer (1935)By Caftan Woman on Jul 9, 2014 From Caftan Woman
"For a director there are commercial rules that it is necessary to obey. In our profession, an artistic failure is nothing; a commercial failure is a sentence. The secret is to make films that please the public and also allow the director to reveal his personality." The "baby" of his family, 19... Read full article
The Informer (1935)By Beatrice on May 9, 2013 From Flickers in Time
The Informer Directed by John Ford 1935/USA RKO Radio Pictures Repeat viewing Gypo Nolan (Victor McLaghlen) is a big lug who is down on his luck. ?He got bounced from his local IRA unit for failing to kill a prisoner. ?He is broke and his girl has turned to prostitution. ?One fine night he notices... Read full article
The InformerBy Alyson on May 30, 2011 From The Best Picture Project
In John Ford?s The Informer, we are taken to a foggy night in Dublin, 1922. ?Gypo Nolan (Victor McLaglen) is a starving now that he?s been cast out of the organized rebels. ??When he sees a reward poster for his old pal, Frankie (Wallace Ford), the twenty pound reward is tempting. ?So tempting that ... Read full article
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Gypo Nolan: No.
Katie Madden: What's the use? Ah. don't look at me like that, Gypo! You're all I got! You're the only one. You know that. But what chance do we have to escape? Money! Some people have all the luck!
[Indicating the ad in the travel agency window]
Katie Madden: Look at that thing handing us the ha-ha! Ten pounds to America! Twenty pounds and the world is ours?
Gypo Nolan: What are you saying that for?
Frankie McPhillip: Up the rebels!
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?
Katie Madden: Well, did you rob a church or what?
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Another reason why RKO was reluctant to make the film was because a version of the story had already been filmed in the UK in 1929.
John Ford kept Victor McLaglen continually off-balance (and thus in character) by getting him drunk, changing his schedules, verbally abusing him on and off the set and filming scenes when he'd told McLaglen that they were only rehearsing. For the crucial rebel court scene, the story goes that Ford reduced the actor to a trembling wreck by promising him the day off only to bring him into the studio early and extremely hung over, insisting that he spit out his lines. McLaglen was so furious with Ford over this that he threatened to quit acting and kill the director.
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