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The Informer
The Informer
DVD ~ John Ford
Offered by Solo Enterprises
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victor McLaglen, as you've never seen him . . ., April 23, 2007
This review is from: The Informer (DVD)
If ever there was a film that defines a "timeless classic", this is it.

Victor McLaglen, your favorite comedic and gruff cavalry sergeant in westerns, gives a stunning dramatic performance which won him an academy award in this 1935 John Ford masterpiece. McLaglen is Gyppo Nolan, a somewhat dim witted, hulking, and shunned IRA Soldier in war torn Dublin of the early 1900's. Gyppo fell out of favor with the IRA, is penniless, without friends, and in love with a streetwalker named Katy. Gyppo informs on a fellow IRA soldier wanted for murder by the British, and for this, he receives twenty pounds, the price of steerage passage to America for Katy and himself. His friend, Frankie Phillips, is killed by the British. Driven by remorse, Gyppo goes on a drunken spree, spends the twenty pounds, is taken and interrogated by the IRA, and . . . is eventually killed by them for being the "The Informer". The entire film was shot on a sound stage using darkness and shadows for effect. And - the effect, although now seventy two years old, is dramatic.

This is a keeper.


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