The Informer
The Informer (1935)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 1935
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A heavy-handed, dreary and unimaginative work.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The Informer remains a keenly moving film experience.

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Steve Crum

Among John Ford's first great films; w/Oscar turn by McLaglen.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nearly as good as its reputation

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Bob Stinson
Exciting, dense and atmospheric, John Ford's The Informer employs the best of silent and sound movie techniques. Victor Mclaglen is a magnificent as the… More
Byron Brubaker
The story grips you. Great atmosphere. Before On the Waterfront there was this. The main character, Gypo Nolan (McLaglen), is at once suffocated by guilt and… More
Jim Hunter
After an Irishman informs against his IRA compatriots, he spends the money on a night on the town. John Ford's The Informer shows Ford's Irish… More
John Ballantine
This early work on the troubles is not one of John Ford's best. You can see flashes of brilliance in film making but otherwise, it is something pretty… More
Tim Sigur
Fantastic film from John Ford with an outstanding performance by Victor McLaglen. A perfect example that fog can be used to set a mood. I was surprised by the… More