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 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 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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Katie Madden: Ah, Gypo, what's the use? I'm hungry, and I can't pay my room rent. Have you the price of a flop on you?
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?
Gypo Nolan: And now the British think I'm with the Irish, and the Irish think I'm with the British. The long and short of it is I'm walkin' around without a dog to lick my trousers!
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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.
A presentation copy of the script was recently found on a garbage pile in Madison, Wisconsin. It was brought on to the show "Antiques Roadshow" where it was appraised for about $4000.
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