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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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorVictor McLaglenWon
Best DirectorJohn FordWon
Best Film EditingGeorge HivelyNominated
Best Music - ScoringRKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)Won
Best WritingDudley NicholsWon
Best PictureRKO RadioNominated
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THE INFORMER (1929)

By Dan Day, Jr. on May 11, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

John Ford is my favorite film director of all time, and one of his greatest films is THE INFORMER, the 1935 multi-Oscar winning story of betrayal set in 1920s Ireland. What most people don't realize is that THE INFORMER was a remake--the story had been filmed in England in 1929. That version has jus... Read full article


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 Informer

By 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: Mrs. McPhillip... 'twas I... informed on Frankie.


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?


Frankie McPhillip: Up the rebels!


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Facts about

A number of references suggest the possibility that Ward Bond appears in a bit part in this film, and it has also been rumored that J. Farrell MacDonald does so as well. However, frame-by-frame analysis of the film indicates that neither appears in the film in any capacity, and indeed, both were rather more substantially well known at the time than a passing bit role would suggest as likely, even for their friend John Ford. In one scene, in the fish-and-chips shop, an extra appears who has a slight resemblance to Bond, but it is definitely not he. And J. Farrell MacDonald's name might well have been mistaken for J.M. Kerrigan, who does indeed have a substantial role. Kerrigan, though, is already billed in the credits. Bond and MacDonald are not in The Informer.
John Ford was concerned that the scene where drunken "King" Gypo goes into the brothel for Katie would not pass censors. The studio came up with the idea to "put the cats in hats"--that is, have all the prostitutes wear hats indoors, thus dissuading the censorship board from thinking they were prostitutes.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 10, 1944 with Wallace Ford reprising his film role.
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