The Informer
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The Informer, Liam O'Flaherty's novel of the the Irish "troubles" of the early 1920s, was first filmed in England in 1929, with Cyril McLaglen in the lead. When director John Ford remade The Informer in 1935, the role of the tragic Irish roisterer Gypo Nolan went to Cyril's brother Victor McLaglen. The scene is Dublin, during the Sinn Fein rebellion. Gypo has tried to join the IRA, but has been bounced because he lacked full commitment to the cause. Gypo's best friend is Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford) a fugitive from the British "Black and Tans" with a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography -- with its streams of fog and sparkling cobblestones -- gave audiences a new glimpse as to the potential artistry of cinema."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A heavy-handed, dreary and unimaginative work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Ford won the first of his four Oscars for this tale of betrayal, set against the Irish Revolution of 1922, which is more impressive visually than thematically."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Informer remains a keenly moving film experience."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Among John Ford's first great films; w/Oscar turn by McLaglen."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Nearly as good as its reputation"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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