The Informer 1935
The Informer ★★★★ 1935
Based on Liam O'Flaherty's novel about the Irish Sinn Fein Rebellion of 1922, it tells the story of a hard-drinking Dublin man (McLaglen) who informs on a friend (a member of the Irish Republican Army) in order to collect a 20-pound reward. When his “friend” is killed during capture, he goes on a drinking spree instead of using the money, as planned, for passage to America. Director Ford allowed McLaglen to improvise his lines during the trial scene in order to enhance the realism, leading to excruciating suspense. Wonderful score. 91m/B VHS, DVD . Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Wallace Ford, Margot Grahame, Joseph (Joe) Sawyer, Preston Foster, Una O'Connor, J.M. Kerrigan, Donald Meek; D: John Ford; W: Dudley Nichols; M: Max Steiner. Oscars ‘35: Actor (McLaglen), Director (Ford), Screenplay, Score; N.Y. Film Critics ‘35: Director (Ford), Film.