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The Informer  (1935) directed by John Ford

The Informer

directed by John Ford

The Informer   directed by John Ford

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The film, set in Dublin in 1922, is an adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty's anonymous novel. Victor McLaglen won an Academy Award for his performance as Gypo Nolan, an Irish rebel who betrays his friend, Frankie McPhillip, to the British in order to buy his way to America to start a new life for himself and the girl he loves who, unfortunately, has been reduced to misery.

Gypo, a traitor for £20, is tormented by his conscience and akwardly spends his bloodmoney openly in taverns and in charity. Gypo meets his tragic fate as he gives himself away and the Irish rebels close in on the sought after "Judas".

As in most all John Ford movies, the woman plays a noble role of elevating men from their bestial character. So to in The Informer, as three women (the sister and mother of the slain Frankie and Gypo's girl) all plead forgiveness and mercy for Gypo and an end to the violence engulfing their everyday lives.

The Film won the 1935 Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Musical Score. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Editing.
Commentary summary written by M.G. Maresca © 2003 Mario G. Maresca

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