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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 ...

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May 27, 2012

An Irish (and American) Classic

We see something remarkable in this film. We see a movie learning to talk. It starts out awkwardly as it the film-makers (John Ford et al.) were using silent movie techniques to make a talky. But as the story moves along it lives up to its potential and turns into what we recognize as a modern movie. It deserved the acclaim it won. McLaughlin is superb.

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